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us retail sales rebounded a solid 0.6 pct. in march


u.s. consumers bounced back in march and bought more cars, furniture and appliances after three months of declining retail sales.






retail sales rebound in april after sluggish winter


americans stepped up their spending at auto dealers, hardware stores and e-commerce outlets as retail sales rebounded from two sluggish months. the commerce department said friday that retail sales increased 0.4% in april from march. sales ticked up just 0.1% in march and fell in february. the...






us retail sales rebounded in april after sluggish winter


americans stepped up their spending at auto dealers, hardware stores and e-commerce outlets as retail sales rebounded from two sluggish months.






retail sales fall in march, second straight monthly drop


americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in march, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market. retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.2% last month, the commerce department said friday, after a revised 0.3% decline in february. but over...






u.s. retail sales fell in march, second straight monthly drop


americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in march, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market.






new homes sales rebounded 2.9 percent in may


sales of new homes rebounded in may, helped by strong sales gains in the south and west.






new homes sales rebounded 2.9 percent in may


washington (ap) — sales of new homes rebounded in may, helped by strong sales gains in the south and west. sales new single-family homes rose 2.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000, the commerce department reported friday. that followed a 7.9 percent drop in sales in april which was the […]






chicago home sales come roaring back in march


chicago home sales and prices rebounded strongly in march from a surprisingly sluggish february, just in time for the all-important spring housing season. the illinois realtors reported friday a 13.1 percent jump in sales and a 10 percent climb in the median price over the last year in the chicago...






stronger than expected sales numbers buoy retail stocks


retail rally: stronger than expected march retail sales figures sent retail stocks higher thursday, led by victoria’s secret parent l brands, up 10.6 percent, to $47.65 and bed bath & beyond, up 6 percent, to $40.07. l brands closed the week at $47.23; bed bath & beyond finished at $39.49.






retail group: annual retail sales to rise 3.8 to 4.4 percent


new york (ap) — the nation’s largest retail trade group says retail sales will increase 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent this year compared with last year. the national retail federation said thursday sales will be helped by an improving economy as well as the major tax reform, which means tax cuts for workers and retailers. […]






u.s. retail sales rise in december, capping a strong year in spending


american consumers continued to spend at stores in december, capping a robust end of the year for retailers. u.s. retail sales rose 0.4% the final month of the year following a 0.9% increase in november, the u.s. department of commerce said friday. the results mean retail sales grew 4.2% in 2017,...






u.s. retail sales slide 0.3% in may, the biggest drop in 16 months


americans cut spending at gas stations, department stores and electronics shops in may as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy. the commerce department said wednesday that retail sales dropped 0.3%, the first decline since february and the sharpest...






u.s. retail sales slide 0.3%, the biggest drop in 16 months


americans cut spending at gas stations, department stores and electronics shops in may as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy. the commerce department said wednesday that retail sales dropped 0.3%, the first decline since february and the sharpest...






pot sales one of brightest spots in state’s retail sector, tax data shows


there may be a retail apocalypse going on, but you wouldn’t know it from washington state’s retail sales in 2016.






retail group: sales to grow 3.7 percent to 4.2 percent


new york (ap) — the nation’s largest retail trade group is predicting that annual retail sales will increase between 3.7 percent and 4.2 percent this year. the national retail federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, released it outlook wednesday, which compares to last year’s figure of 3.75 percent. the figure excludes sales from automobiles, […]






strong uk retail sales reinforces rate hike predictions


london (ap) — retail sales in britain rose far more than anticipated during august, official figures showed wednesday, further reinforcing expectations that the bank of england will raise interest rates in november for the first time in a decade. the office for national statistics said retail sales rose 1 percent from the previous month, largely […]






retail group: annual retail sales to rise 3.8 to 4.4 percent


the nation's largest retail trade group says retail sales will increase 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent this year compared with last year.






us retail sales slide 0.3 percent, biggest drop in 16 months


washington (ap) — americans cut spending at gasoline stations, department stores and electronics shops in may as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy. the commerce department said wednesday that retail sales dropped 0.3 percent, the first decline since february and the sharpest since a 1 percent […]






february retail sales fall 0.1 pct; few signs of tax bump


u.s. consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in february, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 percent.






wal-mart's online sales surge, tops 1q expectations


wal-mart delivered first-quarter earnings that show how it's winning over shoppers at stores and online, even in an increasingly competitive retail landscape. the world's largest retailer beat wall street estimates and delivered another solid gain in comparable-store sales. customer traffic at...






stocks are mixed as investors seek safety after weak retail sales report


u.s. stocks are mixed wednesday morning as investors look for safety following a drop in retail sales last month — the first decline in more than a year. investors are buying high-dividend stocks, government bonds and gold and are selling bank stocks. the federal reserve is expected to raise interest...






uk retail sales sink 1.5 percent in holiday shopping month


london (ap) — official figures show that retail sales in britain sank in the holiday shopping month of december as higher prices squeeze consumers’ spending power. the office for national statistics said friday that retail sales fell by 1.5 percent in december from the month before, double what most economists were predicting. december is important […]






strong uk retail sales reinforces rate hike predictions


retail sales in britain rose far more than anticipated during august, official figures showed wednesday, further reinforcing expectations that the bank of england will raise interest rates in november for the first time in a decade.






tumbling car sales drag down us auto market in march


passenger car sales plummeted again in march, dragging u.s. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end.






u.s. retail sales rise in january, led by gas and restaurants


americans increased their spending at gasoline stations and restaurants in january, boosting retail sales even though auto buying fell.






falling 0.3 pct in january, a broad decline in retail sales


washington (ap) — americans pulled back on buying cars, furniture and other goods in january, pushing retail sales down by 0.3 percent, the biggest decline in 11 months.






china's auto sales rise 2.3 percent in june


china's auto sales rebounded in june on the strength of suv demand but rose just 2.3 percent from a year earlier following a sales tax hike and weak economic growth.






us retail sales slide 0.3 percent, biggest drop in 16 months


americans cut spending at gasoline stations, department stores and electronics shops in may as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy.






u.s. labor market rebounds as employers add 211,000 jobs; unemployment rate fall


solid job growth returned last month as the labor market rebounded from what appears to have been a steep weather-related march slowdown, the labor department said friday. the u.s. economy added 211,000 net new jobs in april, up sharply from a downwardly revised 79,000 the previous month that was...






retail sales end a robust 2017 with solid december rise


last month's results capped a 4.2 percent annual rise, the most in three years, while 2017 inflation stayed at 2.1 percent






national retail federation lowers annual retail forecast


new york (ap) — the nation’s largest retail trade group is downgrading its annual forecast after a slew of government data revisions. the national retail federation said wednesday it now expects retail sales to increase between 3.2 percent and 3.8 percent this year, down from the previous forecast for an increase of 3.7 percent to […]






stocks slip as weak retail sales push investors to seek safety


u.s. stocks slipped wednesday as investors worried about weak retail sales and oil prices sank. the federal reserve raised interest rates for the third time in six months. the commerce department said retail spending decreased in may, which surprised experts. investors reacted by buying traditionally...






retail group: sales to grow 3.7 percent to 4.2 percent


despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like the limited shutting down and department stores such as macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year — especially online.






volkswagen sales hit record of 10.74 million in 2017


german automaker volkswagen had record sales of 10.74 million vehicles last year as markets in brazil and russia rebounded strongly.






us existing-home sales climbed 3 percent in february


u.s. sales of existing homes rebounded in february after declining for the previous two months, a sign that many americans are still looking to buy despite rising prices and a shrinking number of homes available on the market.