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Category Archive: Retail Sales

  1. Christmas Sales May Not Be A Wash Out This Year

    Believe it or not it is time to start to think about Christ­mas sales. This is the sea­son when retail­ers start to indi­cate amounts and prices for Christ­mas goods and early indi­ca­tors of retailer orders are rel­a­tively strong and seem to be gain­ing momen­tum. While Christ­mas is still nine months away, because of design, pro­duc­tion, […] [read full story]

    Posted in: economy, Finance, Public Policy, Retail Sales
  2. Money Supply And Economic Data Weekly Watch – Deflation Hurts The Economy Like Hydrochloric Acid Burns Through Steel

    Defla­tion hurts the econ­omy like hydrochlo­ric acid burns through steel. Falling prices destroy cor­po­rate and house­hold bal­ance sheets and make it impos­si­ble for the finan­cial sec­tor to func­tion nor­mally. Demand is destroyed by defla­tion which in turn leads to more defla­tion. The weak­est sec­tors are hurt first, but defla­tion quickly burns through healthy indus­tries. This […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Bernanke, CPI, Deflation, Economic Statistics, Finance, GDP, Inflation, M1, M2, Manufacturing, monetary policy, Money Supply, Obama, Oil, Politics, Public Policy, Retail Sales
  3. Money Supply and Economic Data Weekly Watch – Not All Savings Is Good Savings

    Sav­ings increased but for the wrongs rea­sons The per­sonal sav­ings rate in Octo­ber was esti­mated to be 2.4% which was an increase of 1.4% from September’s sav­ings rate.  Nor­mally, dur­ing peri­ods of ris­ing unem­ploy­ment and increas­ing eco­nomic hard­ship the per­sonal sav­ings rate declines because some house­holds spend more than they earn. When con­sumers are con­fi­dent about […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Black Friday, Federal Funds Rate, Federal Reserve, Finance, Liquidity Trap, M2, Money Supply, PCE Price Index, Retail Sales, Savings Rate
  4. Too Bad The Grinch Already Stole Christmas!!

    Too bad Christ­mas has already been stolen by the Grinch. Christ­mas sales of dis­cre­tionary items such as apparel, elec­tron­ics, fur­ni­ture and other soft goods are going to be down regard­less of whether or not con­sumer con­fi­dence is restored in the next month. The rea­son for my down­beat pre­dic­tion of Christ­mas sales is orders for dis­cre­tionary […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Economic Statistics, economy, Finance, Retail Sales