Fed's Beige Book in focus as conversation about diversity continues

Jul 7, 2020
Many are questioning just how inclusive and diverse one of the Fed's regular reports on the economy is.
One criticism of the Federal Reserve's Beige Book is that it focuses on business owners and leaves out consumers.
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Retail sales were way up in May. But don't pop the Champagne just yet.

Jun 16, 2020
March and April's weak numbers were easy to beat. Upcoming changes, such as the end of unemployment bonus payments, may stall the upward trend.
A reopened clothing store in Los Angeles. U.S. retail sales climbed at a record rate in May.
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Retail sales soar 17.7% in May, although they're still down compared to last year

Jun 16, 2020
Overall, retail sales are down by 6% compared to May 2019.
With lockdowns lifting, economists expected May retail sales to jump. But not by this much.
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Home improvement sales are holding steady despite the overall retail slump

May 19, 2020
As people spend more time at home because of COVID-19, they are thinking about how they can improve those spaces.
Home improvement sales saw only a small dip in the U.S. in April.
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Curbside pickup, delivery poised to boost Walmart sales

May 18, 2020
Walmart reports earnings this week, and is expected to show big gains in e-commerce amid the pandemic.
An employee restocks a shelf at an Ohio Walmart. Employees shop for customers for the chain's popular curbside pickup option.
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Is it ethical to shop the sales right now?

Mar 30, 2020
Shopping is vital for the economy. That doesn't mean folks feel great about discretionary purchases right now.
Feeling tempted to shop online during self-quarantine?
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Target's winning streak slows with disappointing holiday sales

Jan 15, 2020
The retailer missed the mark on electronics and toy sales.
A Target cashier rings up customers at a Target store in Albany, California.
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Another year of "retail apocalypse"? Not quite.

Jan 8, 2020
With more consumers shopping online, the in-store experience remains crucial to keeping brick-and-mortar alive.
Consumers continue to shop online more and more, leading to the closure of brick-and-mortar stores.
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How will post-Christmas sales fare?

Dec 26, 2019
Some retailers look to post-Christmas shopping to revive their fortunes
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