Trends and Analysis


Trends and Analysis

Confidence, Retail Sales Gain Traction

Better job prospects and cheaper gasoline could be putting consumers in a better mood for shopping as the second half of the retail year gets under way.

ICSC: Cheaper Gas Lifts Weekly Sales

Year-over-year sales rise 4.2 percent with sequential gain of 0.6 percent, according to ICSC.

Consumer Confidence Improves Again

The Consumer Confidence Index rose in August for the fourth consecutive month.

Report Finds E-commerce Draws Hedge Funds

The conclusion of the Nasdaq OMX report is contrary to the initial thought that e-commerce would attract traditional growth investors.

The Over 50s in Japan and China

Two of Asia’s largest consumer markets face the challenge of rapidly aging populations.

Men's Wear Drives Up Apparel Prices in July

Meanwhile, prices for women’s apparel fell 1.3 percent, according to the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index.

ICSC Says Apparel Drove Weekly Sales

Year-on-year sales rise 3.5% while sequential results fall 1.3%.

Tourists Buy Less Luxury in Europe

Analysts report a 5.7 percent drop in tourist spending for July.

Department Store Sales Fell in July

Overall retail sales in the economy remained flat.

Digital Coupons Influencing Purchase Behavior

The survey provided recommendations to retailers on how to best leverage consumer behavior from digital coupons to cross-selling in the physical store.

ICSC Says Weekly Sales Trend Slows

Sequential change from prior week lands in negative territory.

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