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Retail sales dip in April. Why are consumers holding back?

by Mitchell Hartman May 15, 2019
It offsets a big surge in retail sales in March.

Were December retail sales as bad as they looked?

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 14, 2019
The decline of 1.2 percent was the biggest in nine years, but noisy data may be the culprit
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How are consumers spending their money?

by Renata Sago Jul 16, 2018
The U.S. Census Bureau will release June retail sales data this morning. We already know that consumer spending is strong right now due in part to a tight labor market and inflation. But how are consumers financing their current spending spree…

Does data mean retailers are pulling back?

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 14, 2018
We got some number today hot off the keyboards of the folks at the Commerce Department. They show that retail spending in January was lower than December by 0.3 percent. That dip was notable because the consensus was actually that…

More than 60,000 retail workers lost their jobs since January

by Marielle Segarra Apr 19, 2017
Seems like every time you turn around, another department store chain is closing locations and laying off people – Macy’s, Sears, J.C. Penney — and these are just the biggies. Since January, nearly 61,000 jobs have been eliminated in the retail…

More trouble for iconic retailer Sears

by Marielle Segarra Mar 22, 2017
In a financial filing on Tuesday, Sears said “substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” The announcement hit the company’s shares hard. Sears reported a loss of more than $2 billion in 2016.…

Nostalgia is driving up sales for Polaroid

by Molly Wood and Daisy Palacios Nov 23, 2016
Tech correspondent Molly Wood talks to Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy about his company's resurgence in the age of retro aesthetic.
Visitors check out the Polaroid stand at the 2014 IFA home electronics and appliances trade fair on September 5, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. 
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Commerce Department set to release retail sales

by Ashley Milne-Tyte Aug 12, 2016
Though big brick-and-mortar stores aren't doing that well, consumers are spending.
Job gains are having an effect on consumer confidence, according to one expert.
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All eyes on U.S. consumers as retail sales soften

by Annie Baxter Apr 13, 2016
Retail sales were down unexpectedly in March.
A woman shops at Target for school supplies.
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Retail sales beat expectations, but so what?

by Kimberly Adams Feb 12, 2016
Not bad, but not outstanding either.
According to a new report, retail spending numbers aren't bad — they aren't great either.
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