12 AUG 2014
Planes, Trains, Automobiles…and the Strongest Retail Growth in a Year
Consumers were on the go in July, turning to planes, trains and automobiles as summer vacation travel led strong spending during the month, while those who opted for ‘staycations’ increased spending in home-related categories.
11 JUN 2014
Continued Growth in Consumer Spending in May Sets Stage for Summer
10 APR 2014
March Spending Growth Remained Positive Despite Tough Year-Over-Year Comparison Due to Easter Shift
12 FEB 2014
Severe Weather in January Put a Dent in Consumer Spending Growth
Severe winter weather in January battered the Midwest and eastern half of the country and hindered consumers’ ability to shop and visit stores. With that said, dollar volume growth slowed to 2.5% in January from December’s 3.4% growth.
14 JAN 2014
Shoppers Step Up Retail Spending in December
With no time to procrastinate due to the shortened holiday shopping season, shoppers stepped out in full force last month boosting dollar volume growth to a healthy 6.1%.
12 DEC 2013
Spending Growth Slows Despite Strong Holiday Retail Sales
Shoppers were more modest in their spending at the beginning of November, but by month’s end they were ready to take advantage of holiday deals.
09 DEC 2013
Black Friday Loses Its Luster
Black Friday kicked off on Gray Thursday once again this year, though it was clearly a more wide-spread event among retailers.
19 NOV 2013
Cooler Temperatures Drive Sales of Seasonal Merchandise
Consumers managed to hold on to their early holiday spirit last month despite the government shutdown, which forced thousands of federal employees to be involuntarily furloughed for weeks.
11 OCT 2013
Perspective: Shoppers Tightened Spending Budgets in September
After splurging on the kids in August, consumers pulled back in spending in September.
12 SEP 2013
Perspective: Retail Spending in August Boosted by Back-to-School
Every summer, retailers across the country stock up on crayons and clothes in anticipation of Back-to-School, one of the biggest shopping seasons of the year.
12 AUG 2013
Perspective: Spending Growth Hit 12-Month High, Partly Propelled By Higher Gas Prices
Although gas prices remain at higher year-over-year levels, it didn’t stop consumers from hitting the road in July and driving up dollar volume growth to a twelve-month high at 7.7%.
10 JUL 2013
Perspective: Consumer Appetite for Spending Swells in June
Every consumer appreciates a good deal—especially of its on bigger-ticket items they’ve been eyeing all summer like a new grill for the backyard, or the latest garden and power equipment for dad.