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August 13, 2013

Sterne Agee chief economist Lindsey M. Piegza comments on July retail sales gain of 0.2%:

August 13, 2013

U.S. retail sales edged up 0.2% in July from June, according to figures from the Department of Commerce.

December 28, 2012

Holiday-related sales rose 0.7% from October 28 through December 24, compared with a 2% rise last year, according to a preliminary report from MasterCard Advisors Spending Pulse.

December 13, 2011

Retail sales rose 0.2% in November, following a 0.6% advance in October that was more than initially reported, according to figures released by the Commerce Department in Washington.

November 23, 2011

Consumer spending rose less than forecast in October as Americans even as personal incomes showed the biggest gains in seven months.

September 30, 2011

Consumer spending in the United States slowed in August, impacted by falling incomes and sporadic hiring, according to a report released Friday by the Commerce Dept.

September 26, 2011

Retailers should expect small gains in 2011 holiday sales, Deloitte forecast on Monday.

September 16, 2011

The International Council of Shopping Centers said it expects holiday sales to increase 3% this year, which is below the 4.1% gain in 2010.

June 14, 2011

A report released Tuesday by the Commerce Department showed that total U.S. retail sales fell 0.2% in May, a less-than-forecast dip following April’s 0.3% gain.

February 15, 2011

A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department said sales at U.S. retailers edged up 0.3% in January, less than the expected 0.5% to 0.6% increase, but still the seventh straight month of gains.

January 6, 2011

Retail same-store sales eased to 3.2% growth in December in the wake of November’s exceptionally strong promotional activity and an ongoing shift toward online shopping, according to Kantar Retail.

January 6, 2011

After coming off a strong November, U.S. retailers found their momentum largely waned in December, with sales impacted by a still-cautious consumer, early discounting and a blizzard that crippled the Northeast in the days immediately after Christmas.

December 28, 2010

A survey released Tuesday by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs found that chain-store sales for the week ended Dec. 25 rose 4.8% from the year-earlier period, the best performance since April 24.

November 15, 2010

A report released Monday by the Commerce Department said that retail sales beat expectations for October, climbing 1.2% and representing the biggest gain since March.

December 23, 2008

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that consumer spending fell by 0.6% last month, slightly less...

November 30, 2008

Of all the lousy news in my e-mail inbox lately, one nasty tidbit stood...

November 16, 2008

Thanksgiving prices are up about 6% this year compared to last year, according to Purdue...

September 17, 2008

Holiday sales this year will be the weakest in 17 years, according to a forecast...

September 15, 2008

Deloitte Research revealed on Tuesday its 2008 spending forecast for the holiday season, which predicted...

July 6, 2008

U.S. store closings and cutbacks turned the second quarter into the worst for strip-mall owners...

January 14, 2008

New York City Retail industry sales for December 2007 rose 1.7% over last year, and...

January 1, 2008

New York Retail sales increased by a tepid 2.3% for the last week in December...

December 18, 2007

Washington, D.C., The...

October 10, 2007

New York City, ...