Category Archives: Retail Sales

Retail Powerhouses Maintain Dominance Despite Tempered Consumption

  RETAIL SALES APRIL 2019 Retail Powerhouses Maintain Dominance Despite Tempered Consumption Retail spending slows amid economic concerns. A moderating economy became more evident in February as core retail sales advanced 2.9 percent annually, following a revised gain of 4.3 percent one month earlier. Unresolved trade tensions as well as a weakening international economy continue […]

Retail Sales Back on Track as Discretionary Spending Remains Strong

  RETAIL SALES MARCH 2019 Retail Sales Back on Track as Discretionary Spending Remains Strong Retail sales bounce back after December lull. Following a lackluster end to 2018, core retail sales rebounded in January, climbing 3.7 percent on an annual basis. At the same time, average hourly earnings are rising, posting 3.4 percent yearly growth […]

More Jobs Power Increased Spending; Off-Price Retailers Continue Aggressive Expansion

    Follow us: |  |  Research Brief October 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Unemployment drops to historical low as job creation persists. Last month, the national unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent, its lowest mark since 1969; the creation of 134,000 jobs in September helped drive this measure down. With the holiday season approaching, retailers are […]

Consumer Confidence Notches Post-Recession High; Another Strong Holiday Season in Reach for Retailers

  Follow us: |  |  Research Brief September 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Robust economy powered by strong labor market. The nation’s job creation streak was extended to 95 months in August as employers added 201,000 workers to payrolls. This continuation of job growth has pushed the national unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent, which in turn […]