Retail



Ecommerce gains show challenge to post-holiday outlook

The ecommerce impact on the strong holiday is clearer in the latest retail data: In-store holiday sales improved despite the strongest ecommerce gains in six years. The data also give a sign—albeit mixed—of a January letup from the holiday gains, which…



Holidays shaping up even better than forecast

The holidays are shaping up even better than forecast as November retail sales surged and prior months were revised upward—raising prospects for a strong consumer spending trend to start to the New Year. Store channels—primarily home improvement, electronics, and home furnishings…


Retail sales remain on pace toward a better holiday

Retail sales were kept on pace toward a better holiday by October sales results—although sales gains continue to favor e-commerce and in-store sales at homegoods retailers. Topline sales in October grew at the 4% or better pace expected for the holiday…


Q3 retail sales on pace for a better holiday

The pace of retail spending looks a bit stronger through the third quarter—between 3.5% and 4.0% growth—in the wake of September results and prior-month data revisions. The third-quarter results put retail sales on pace for a better holiday this year compared…