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Retail Sales

WHITE PAPER
By SCMR Staff · November 29, 2018
In this whitepaper, take a closer look at how this new e-commerce world is affecting different segments of the supply chain.
By LM Staff · October 15, 2018
United States retail sales for the month of September posted slight sequential gains, the annual gains coming in higher, according to data issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
By LM Staff · September 14, 2018
Commerce reported that August retail sales, at $509 billion, were up 0.1% compared to July and were up 6.6% annually. NRF also reported a 0.1% gain from July to August, with its data excluding automobiles, gasoline stations, and restaurants. Compared to August 2017, it reported a 5% gain, with the economy continuing to show strength amid concerns over the trade war.
By Jeff Berman · August 15, 2018
The Department of Commerce reported that July retail sales, at $507.5 billion, were 0.5% ahead of June’s $504.9 billion and up 6.4% compared to July 2017. NRF reported that July retail sales, which exclude sales from automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, headed up 0.4% compared to June and were up 4.9% annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Jeff Berman · August 13, 2018
There is often a general consensus along the lines of “when retail sales are good, the economy is good.” It makes sense to a large degree and, really, why wouldn’t it after all? Consumer spending accounts for roughly 70% of total United States economic output, making it the largest piece of the domestic economic pie. While the importance of retail sales, as it relates to economic output is well know, it is especially notable in light of data coming from the National Retail Federation (NRF) today, with the NRF upping its 2018 retail sales forecast.
By LM Staff · July 16, 2018
Commerce reported that June retail sales, at $506.8 billion, were up 0.5% annually and were ahead of May’s revised $504.3 billion. NRF reported that June retail sales, which exclude sales from automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, with sales up 4.2% annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Robert C. Lieb · May 2, 2018
Online retailing is changing how consumers shop and how supply chains fill their orders. What that all means for the future is anyone’s guess.
By LM Staff · March 14, 2018
Commerce reported that February retail sales dipped 0.1% from January to February at $492.0 billion, while seeing a 4.0% annual gain. NRF reported that its retail sales data, which excludes automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, saw a 0.3% seasonally adjusted gain from January to February and a 4.4% annual gain.
By Jeff Berman · February 14, 2018
Commerce reported that its advanced estimate of U.S. retail and food service sales for January were down 0.3% compared to December at $492 billion but were up 3.6% on an annual basis. NRF data pointed to a 0.26% decline in retail sales from December to January, with annual sales up 5.4%. NRF’s data does not include automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants.
By Jeff Berman · October 13, 2017
Commerce reported that September retail sales at $483.9 billion were up 1.6% over August and 4.4% annually, and NRF said that September retail sales were 0.5% ahead of August on a seasonally-adjusted basis and up 3.2% annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Jeff Berman · October 3, 2017
These sales, as defined by the NRF, are sales in the months of November and December and exclude autos, gas, and restaurant sales. For 2017, NRF is calling for holiday retail sales to be up 3.6%-4% annually, coming in at an estimated total between $678.75 billion to $682 billion, which is ahead of last year’s $655.8 billion, even at the lower end of the 2017 estimate.
By Jeff Berman · April 14, 2017
Data recently issued by Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers showed that United States-bound waterborne imports saw a nice recovery in March from a sluggish February.
By Jeff Berman · March 15, 2017
Commerce reported that February retail sales were up 0.6 percent compared to January, and the NRF reported that February retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, saw a 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted increase compared to January.
By Jeff Berman · February 15, 2017
Commerce reported that January retail sales were up 0.2 percent compared to December and saw a 5.6 percent annual gain at $472.1 billion. The NRF reported that retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, headed up 3.8 percent annually in January and were up 0.4 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a very strong December.
By Jeff Berman · February 8, 2017
The NRF is calling for 2017 retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline stations, and restaurants, to see an annual gain between 3.7 and 4.2 percent, with online and other non-store/online sales (which NRF includes in its over all number) to head up between 8 and 12 percent.

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