Category Archives: Retail Sales

Rising Consumption Boosts Grocery Sector; Segment in Transformation to Emerging Models

  Follow us: |  |  |  Research Brief August 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Aldi to drop dollar-store look while keeping discounted prices. Over the next several years, Aldi will spend more than $3 billion remodeling 1,300 stores as it seeks to compete with more upscale brands like Safeway and Whole Foods. The expanded and redesigned stores will […]

Economy Drives Increased Spending; Housing-Related Consumption Rising

    Follow us: |  |  |  Research Brief June 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Job market gains momentum as expectations are surpassed. The U.S. recorded another month of job creation as 223,000 employees were added to payrolls in May, compared to 190,000 expected. During that period, the retail trade sector staffed 31,000 workers; also, 25,000 construction jobs […]

Heightened Consumer Confidence Remains Driver Behind Strong Spending, Improving Outlook for Retail

  Follow us: |  |  |  Research Brief May 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Job market easing modestly. The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in April, dropping the national unemployment rate to 3.9 percent, the lowest measure since December 2000. Job openings, however, reached a record 6.6 million positions, signaling that there may be a shortage of qualified […]

Retail Sales Trend Up As Discretionary Income Advances; Retailers Refine Strategies to Sustain Growth

  Follow us: |  |  |  Research Brief April 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Job formation cools after February’s robust gains. U.S. employers added just over 100,000 positions in March, following more than 300,000 workers added to payrolls in February. A loss of roughly 4,000 jobs in retail trade was noted, with department stores headlining the reduction. Nonstore […]