Tag Archives: retail

Brighter Consumer Outlook Spurs Spending Boost

  RESEARCH BRIEF     Follow us:  Research Brief December 2016 RETAIL SALES Developing Trends ■ Retail property operations are set to strengthen further in 2017 as net absorption outpaces development. Vacancy will fall 40 basis points to 5.2 percent at the end of 2017, the lowest level since 2000. ■ Growing home sales and […]

Rough Weather Restrains January Retail

February 14, 2014 Retail spending eased back in January as myriad factors influenced consumption. Poor weather was the largest culprit in the decline, though other hurdles kept shoppers at home and offline. The expiration of long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people at the end of December curtailed spending, while evidence suggests that the slowing […]

Economic Momentum Inspires Fed to Taper Quantitative Easing; Treasurys Edge Higher but Few Ripples Expected

December 19, 2013 Reiterating the positive economic news of recent weeks, the Fed announced plans to taper its quantitative easing (QE) program in January. This will be the central bank’s first step toward withdrawing its unprecedented support for the U.S. economy. The token reduction in bond and securities purchases follows a series of positive reports […]

Holiday Sales Approach Pre-Recession Peak; Ecommerce Challenges Brick-and-Mortar

December 6, 2012 Technology and marketing have transformed the traditional bellwether “Black Friday,” into an extended five-day holiday shopping weekend that opens on Thanksgiving Day, and has added Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Approximately 247 million people shopped in stores or online during Black Friday weekend, nearly 21 million more than last year. Deep […]