Retail Sales

By Jeff Berman · March 13, 2013
February retail sales exceeded expectations, according to data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
By Jeff Berman · January 28, 2013
According to the NRF, retail industry sales—excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants—will increase 3.4 percent in 2013, down from its preliminary figure of 4.2 percent growth in 2012.
By Jeff Berman · January 15, 2013
Commerce reported that December retail sales at $415.7 billion were up 0.5 percent compared to November and up 4.7 percent compared to December 2011. NRF reported that December retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.8 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from November and up 2.1 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By Jeff Berman · December 13, 2012
Commerce reported that November retail sales at $412.4 billion were up 0.3 percent compared to October and up 3.7 percent compared to November 2011. And the NRF reported that ovember retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.8 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from October and up 4.4 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By Jeff Berman · November 15, 2012
The Department of Commerce reported that October retail sales at $411.6 billion were down 0.3 percent compared to September and up 3.8 percent annually, and the NRF reported that October retail sales were down 0.3 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from September and up 3.9 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By Jeff Berman · October 15, 2012
Commerce reported that September retail sales at $412.9 billion were up 1.1 percent compared to August and up 5.4 percent compared to September 2011, and the NRF reported that September retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.4 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from August and up 2.1 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By Jeff Berman · September 14, 2012
August retail sales showed growth at a time when consumers are still being cautious with discretionary spending, according to data from the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation.
By Jeff Berman · July 16, 2012
Data from both Commerce and NRF showed that retail sales decreased on a sequential basis in June for the third consecutive month. This marks the first time retail sales have fallen for three straight months since late 2008.
By Jeff Berman · June 13, 2012
At a time when mixed economic signals continue to prevail, May retail sales data from the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) both were down compared to May and up annually.
By Jeff Berman · May 15, 2012
Commerce reported that April retail sales at $408.0 billion were up 0.1 percent over March and 6.4 percent higher than April 2011.The NRF reported that April retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were down 0.1 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from March and up 2.8 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By Jeff Berman · May 8, 2012
Gradual economic growth patterns continue to be the norm based on data released in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · April 16, 2012
Data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) indicated that slow economic momentum is ongoing, with both reporting that March retail sales showed growth.
By Jeff Berman · March 13, 2012
Commerce reported that February retail sales at $407.8 billion were up 1.1 percent from January and up 6.5 percent compared to February 2011. The NRF reported that February retail sales, which exclude autos, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.5 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis from January and up 8.6 percent on an unadjusted basis annually.
By Jeff Berman · February 14, 2012
Coming off of the holiday shopping season, January retail sales turned in positive performances and showed signs of slow but continuing economic improvement, according to data from the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation.
By Jeff Berman · December 15, 2011
Following an early October prediction of 2011 holiday sales rising 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion, the NRF is now calling for 2011 to be up 3.8 percent to $469.1 billion. Holiday sales—as defined by the NRF—are sales in the months of November and December.

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