Retail Sales

By Jeff Berman · August 15, 2016
Retail sales numbers for the month of July issued late last week by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) were largely in line with those for the month of June.
By Jeff Berman · July 15, 2016
Commerce reported that June retail sales at $457.0 billion were up 0.6 percent compared to May and up 2.7 percent annually, and the NRF reported that retail sales saw a 5.1 percent annual gain in June, up from May’s 3.2 percent improvement.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2016
While school has not been out of session for all that long, it is not too early to start thinking about later this summers and early fall, when things start back up. That was the main message, especially from an import perspective, in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · June 14, 2016
Commerce reported that May retail sales at $455.6 billion rose 0.5 percent over April, and the NRF said retail sales saw a 3.2 percent annual increase in May.
By Jeff Berman · May 13, 2016
Coming off of a very sluggish first quarter, retail sales in the month of April showed somewhat of a bounce back in tandem with signs of spring, according to data issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation.
By Jeff Berman · April 13, 2016
Commerce reported that March retail sales at $446.9 billion were off 0.3 percent from February and up 1.7 percent, and the NRF said retail sales saw a 5.8 percent annual increase in March.
By Jeff Berman · March 15, 2016
While retail sales numbers issued for the month of February by the United States Department of Commerce and National Retail Federation were technically mixed, they each shared a common theme of little or negative growth.
By Jeff Berman · February 12, 2016
The Department of Commerce reported that January retail sales were up 0.2 percent compared to December and up 3.7 percent annually at $449.9 billion, and the NRF reported that January retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, rose 0.6 percent over December and 1.4 percent compared to January 2015.
By Jeff Berman · February 11, 2016
The NRF is calling for 2016 retail industry sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, to see a 3.1 percent annual increase.
By Jeff Berman · December 11, 2015
Commerce reported that November retail sales at $448.1 billion were up 0.2 percent compared to November-for its best showing since July-and up 1.4 percent annually, on the heels of 1.7 percent, 0.1 percent, and 0.2 percent, in October, September, and August, respectively.
By Jeff Berman · November 13, 2015
Commerce reported that October retail sales at $447.3 billion were up 0.1 percent compared to October and up 1.7 percent annually, and NRF reported that October retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 3.1 percent annually and up 0.3 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to September.
By Jeff Berman · October 14, 2015
Commerce reported that September retail sales at $447.7 billion were up 0.1 percent compared to August, following a 0.2 percent July to August increase, and were up 2.4 percent compared to September 2014. And the NRF reported that September retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 3.3 percent annually and down 0.1 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to August.
By Jeff Berman · October 8, 2015
The NRF is calling for 2015 holiday sales to see a 3.7 percent annual gain to $630.5 billion, which comfortably outpaces the ten-year average of 2.5 percent.
By Jeff Berman · September 15, 2015
Commerce reported that August retail sales at $447.7 billion were up 0.2 percent compared to July, and NRF reported that August retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.2 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to July.
By Jeff Berman · July 14, 2015
Momentum created by decent retail sales growth in May did not carry over into June, with sales showing unexpected declines, according to data issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation.

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