In its annual holiday forecast, Deloitte anticipates retail sales to increase between 1% and 1.5%, although the consulting firm admits that figuring out what might go on as 2020 ends is particularly uncertain.
Imports at major U.S. retail container ports during 2020 are expected to see their lowest total in four years as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy continues, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in July as the overall economy enjoyed a third consecutive month of growth, according to the Manufacturing ISM Report On Business from the Institute for Supply Management.
Expenditures for improvements and repairs to owner-occupied homes are expected to slow by the middle of next year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Retail sales rose in June, the National Retail Federation reported citing United States Census Bureau numbers, a gain that represented both a monthly increase and the first year-over-year gain since the beginning of the year as more retailers closed by the coronavirus pandemic reopened.
The Retail Robustness Index is a Coresight Research effort to determine which retailers are best able to cope with the coronavirus crisis and Costco now ranking second might not surprise anyone.
Retail sales this year will come up short of 2019 totals, but e-commerce sales will take a bigger than expected leap, according to research from eMarketer.
Owner expenditures for home renovations and repairs are expected to decline at least through the first quarter of next year due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Retail sales in March took a hit from the COVID-19 outbreak but, among the various channels that make up the sector, results were mixed.
A strong economy has helped the housewares industry make new investments, despite continued uncertainty surrounding tariffs and cost pressures from the top and bottom. Many housewares suppliers in 2020 will be introducing new products that differentiate themselves from the competition, developing more ways to connect directly with consumers and continuing to fine-tune business operations.
The National Retail Federation and other associations welcomed news that the U.S. and China have agreed on a “phase one” trade deal, according to recent media reports.
Manufacturing sector economic activity contracted in November, even as the overall economy grew for the 127th consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.