retail sales

Government, Business

Gain in Retail Sales Underscores Solid, Steady Consumer Activity

Olive Garden restaurant Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants Inc. boosted sales 80% last quarter, returning to the revenue levels it saw before the pandemic. (Elise Amendola)

U.S. retail sales rose unexpectedly in June, reflecting fairly broad gains across spending categories and wrapping up a solid quarter for household demand.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
July 16, 2021
Government, Business

US Retail Sales Drop, Hinting at Shift to Spending on Services

A shopper views shoes at a store in New York in May. (Amir Hamja/Bloomberg News) A shopper views shoes at a store in New York in May. (Amir Hamja/Bloomberg News)

U.S. retail sales declined in May, after a stimulus-related splurge in the prior two months, suggesting consumers are starting to shift more of their spending to services as the economy reopens.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
June 15, 2021
Government, Business

Retail Sales Flat in April as Stimulus Spending Wanes

shopping in store Customers shop for boots at M.L. Leddy's in Fort Worth, Texas. (Kathy Tran/Bloomberg)

NEW YORK — Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April, after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
May 14, 2021
Government, Business

Retail Sales Jump 5.3% Due to $600 Stimulus Checks

shoppers Pedestrians carry shopping bags in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

After three months of declines, retail sales soared a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in January from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said Feb. 17.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Government, Business

Retail Sales Fall 1.1% in November for Biggest Drop in Seven Months

Nearly empty strip mall parking lot A nearly empty parking lot at the Mall of New Hampshire on Dec. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, the biggest drop in seven months, as Americans held back on spending at the start of the holiday shopping season.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
December 16, 2020
Government, Business

Retail Sales Rose 1.9% in September, the Fifth Consecutive Month of Growth

retail store Sales associates greet a customer at a store in San Francisco. (Michael Short /Bloomberg)

NEW YORK — Retail sales in the U.S. rose 1.9% in September, the 5th consecutive month of growth.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
October 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Retail Sales Rise for 4th Straight Month as Growth Slows

Retail growth slowed in August. Signage is displayed outside a Century 21 department store in New York on Sept. 14. The company filed for bankruptcy with plans to shut down. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

Americans kept spending in August, but the pace of that growth is slowing as millions of people who lost jobs have now lost a $600-a-week boost in their unemployment checks.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
September 16, 2020

Retail Sales Post Solid Advance to Close Moderate 2019

People shopping Customers shop at Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, Pa., on Dec. 6, 2019. Retail sales posted a 5.8% gain year-over-year in December. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

U.S. retail sales strengthened in December, thanks to a late holiday-shopping rush that wrapped up a more moderate year of spending at the nation’s merchants.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
January 16, 2020
Government, Business

Retail Sales Rise Moderately as Auto Buying Jumps

Mini Clubmans at dealership David Zalubowski/AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose moderately in August, driven higher by a jump in auto buying and healthy online sales. But there also were signs that consumers have become more cautious.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
September 13, 2019
Business, Technology

Target Takes a Hit From $50 Million Register Outage

Target Michael Liedtke/Associated Press

The impact of Target Corp.’s weekend register glitch won’t show up until the retailer discloses quarterly revenue in August, but it could have cost the company about $50 million in lost sales, according to one analyst.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2019