Tag Archives: Retail Sales

Moderate Retail Sales Mask Positive Underlying Trends; Robust Growth on the Horizon

July 21, 2014 The bevy of recent economic indicators has mostly fallen into two camps; one suggesting the economy is poised to break out of the slow-growth slumber recorded since the recession and another signaling cautious expansion will continue to reign. The pace of job growth and consumer confidence, for example, are near post-recession highs, […]

Retail Sales Begin to Thaw; Modest but Broad-Based Gains in February

March 14, 2014 Consumer spending thawed a bit in February, lifting retail sales for the first time in three months. A long, cold winter has kept shoppers at home over the past few months, particularly in the Northeast and Southeast. Some of the pent-up demand for retail goods was released in February, though revisions to […]

Consumer Confidence Surges on Expectations, Lifting September Retail Sales

October 18, 2012 Stronger employment growth, lower unemployment claims, improved stock market returns, and lower gasoline prices helped boost a sharp rise in consumer expectations, pushing the overall Consumer Confidence Index to 70.3 in September and marking the highest reading in seven months. Despite tepid wage and income growth, consumers are saving less, but spending […]

Escalated Energy and Food Prices Erode Consumer Spending; Pace Remains Well Ahead of Last Year

September 21, 2012 Higher gasoline prices, a rebound in auto purchases from July, and stronger sales of building materials and supplies provided a lift to headline retail sales, which posted modest gains in August. Core retail sales, net of auto, gasoline and building materials sales, did not fare as well as August levels slipped a […]