Shoppers have been pulling back on "discretionary" spending at retailers.
The National Retail Federation predicts at least $957 billion in sales this holiday season. But that might not mean everyone is splurging.
The way the Census Bureau calculates its retail sales data wasn't an issue until prices started rising a couple years back.
Sales at furniture stores have been sliding amid a cooling housing market and weakening consumer sentiment about making big purchases.
For this toy store owner, the biggest challenge right now is prepping for the holidays.
The July retail sales report found that Americans are spending more than last year in most categories. Will that be a problem?
Retail sales surprised with a 0.3% gain in May. Nearly every category advanced despite persistent concern about inflation.
Between the pandemic and its economic ripple effects, the consumer experience has been a wild ride.
When people buy new homes, they buy a lot of other things too, like furniture, appliances and electronics. When home buying slows, that can have a real ripple effect on other industries.
Opening new stores may be a way for some retailers to position themselves for both a downturn and a recovery.