Sep 7, 2017
Retail sales likely to rise 3.2-3.8% for 2017
Sep 7, 2017
It is expected that the retail sales for 2017 is likely to increase between 3.2 to 3.8 per cent rather than the 3.7 to 4.2 per cent forecast in February this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Online and other non-store/online sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 8 and 12 per cent.
The change in the economic forecast is following a revision by the United States government.
“Meaningful revisions to retail sales numbers by the Census Bureau and similar revisions to personal income and consumption by the Bureau of Economic Analysis have both affected our forecast and have required us to adjust our 2017 sales projection,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “While weaker-than-expected spending in the first quarter along with decelerating inflation has also contributed to the revision, NRF anticipates stronger sales heading into the fall and holiday seasons.”
Kleinhenz said total retail sales have grown year-over-year every month since November 2009, and retail sales as calculated by NRF — which excludes automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants — have increased year-over-year in all but one month since the beginning of 2010.
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four US jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.
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