Category Archives: Retail Sales

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 […]

Robust Gain in Retail Spending Reiterates Positive Commercial Real Estate Outloo

  Follow us: |  |  Research Brief March 2018 RETAIL Developing Trends ■ Influx of new positions in February extends job creation streak. With the addition of 313,000 positions last month, the nation has witnessed employment growth for 89 consecutive months. Retail employers expanded payrolls by 50,000 new hires in February with general merchandisers accounting for over […]

Household Formation, Confident Consumers Powering Retail Sales Growth

    Follow us: Research Brief April 2017 RETAIL SALES Developing Trends ■ As consumers steer more spending to online portals, two retail giants are forging different paths for growth. Wal-Mart has initiated a program to provide discounts for online shoppers seeking to pick up merchandise in stores. Meanwhile, Amazon announced a new grocery concept […]