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Eyes on Black Friday spending

2016-01-02 seekingalpha
The shaky condition of U.S. retail will be put to the test this weekend, when stores across the country roll out their Black Friday specials.About 135.8M Americans are expected to shop in stores or on

Moody's see retail sales improving in 2016

2016-01-02 seekingalpha
Moody's forecasts retail sales will improve 4% to 5% during the first half of 2016.Sub-sectors expected to see strong earnings growth include home improvement (HD, LOW), auto parts (AN, ORLY, AAP, PBY

Late rush may have turned holiday season around

2016-01-02 seekingalpha
MasterCard reports holiday sales rose 7.9% during the holiday season, led by strong growth for big ticket items. The growth rate is much stronger than the 3.7% gain in holiday sales forecast by the N

Rally mode for consumer-facing stocks

2015-12-28 seekingalpha
Investors are buying back into consumer staples and consumer discretionary names, while tip-toeing around major chains such as Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Macy's. Some sin stocks are part of the

Black Friday figures unlikely to cheer investors?

2015-11-29 seekingalpha
Earlier deals, online sales, a retail slump...many headlines over the weekend reported that America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year as retailer discounts f

'Tis The Season

2015-11-25 seekingalpha
For the largest economy in the world, consumer spending represents approximately 70% of all economic activity. The National Retail Federation reports the average consumer spent $802.45 on holiday shop

The retail sector heads into Black Friday with a $2 gas tailwind

2015-11-25 seekingalpha
The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. has now dropped to $2.06 per gallon - a mark that is 27% lower than where gas prices stood heading into the holiday period last year. Despite the ext

U.S. Retail Spending Growth Turns Sluggish In October

2015-11-13 seekingalpha
If you were expecting today's retail sales report for October to deliver a blowout gain in line with the surprisingly strong rise in payrolls for last month, today's release on consumer spending is a

Retail stocks sell off after soft retail sales print, J.C. Penney/Nordstrom earnings

2015-11-13 seekingalpha
Retailers are under pressure after the Census Bureau reported October retail sales rose 0.1% M/M, and core retail sales 0.2%. Consensus was respectively 0.3% and 0.4%.Also: J.C. Penney is down 13.6% i

Smashing month for U.S. auto sales as broad retail sits and watches

2015-11-03 seekingalpha
U.S. auto sales soared in October with the Detroit Three (F, GM, FCAU) all showing double-digit gains from a year ago. An extra selling weekend helped traffic, while low gas prices drove sales for SUV

Redbooks sales have started gaining momentum

2015-10-27 seekingalpha
Redbook Chain Store Sales: +1.5% Y/Y vs. +1.3% last week.flat M/M vs. -0.1% last week.Halloween sales are getting a boost from discounting. The trend for holiday sales looks positive as well.ETFs: PBJ

Real Retail Sales Show Expansion Past Mid-Cycle, But No Oncoming Recession

2015-10-16 seekingalpha
By New Deal DemocratWith September inflation reported this morning, I can update one of my favorite series: real retail sales.First of all, real retail sales rose to a new high:The YoY% growth in real

Pockets of strength in the Retail Sales report

2015-10-14 seekingalpha
Retail sales improved 2.4% Y/Y with some categories helping to offset the 20% drop in gasoline station sales. Clothing store sales improved 0.9% M/M and 4.7% Y/Y. Both marks were much higher than sal

Redbook sales growth remains weak

2015-10-13 seekingalpha
Redbook Chain Store Sales: +1.1% Y/Y vs. +0.7% last week.-0.2% M/M vs. -1.6% last week.The report notes that seasonal apparel are selling better and Halloween falling on Saturday should boost October

Redbook reports soft sales

2015-10-06 seekingalpha
Redbook Chain Store Sales: +0.7% Y/Y vs. +0.9% last week.-1.6% M/M vs. -1.5% last week.The report doesn't offer any meaningful commentary on the soft sales but mentions that seasonally cooler weather