Tag Archives: retail

Inventories Still a Problem

Real GDP was revised up to 2.1% in the third quarter from an initial estimate of 1.5%. Unfortunately, almost all of those “gains” can be attributed to larger-than-previously reported inventories, which will now have to be drained in the fourth quarter. This could further deepen holiday discounts

Retail Sales Better than Headline Indicates

Retail sales rose what appeared to be a tepid 0.1% in October but, as the debates have revealed, appearances can often be deceiving. Vehicle sales remained unusually strong after an already robust September, which dampened month-to-month gains, while gasoline station sales continued to fall on lower prices at the pump. Core retail sales, which exclude [...]

Primed for Disappointment?

Payroll employment is expected to rise by 165,000 in October, a little better than September but still well below the almost 200,000 per month average for the last year. Private payrolls are expected to rise by 150,000. Hiring for workers needed to assemble and deliver packages for the holiday season is expected to be a [...]

Employment Report: August is a Quirky Month

Payroll employment is expected to rise a slightly tepid 175,000 in August after averaging more than 240,000 for the previous twelve months. Private employment is expected to increase by 170,000. We expect the unemployment rate to hold at 5.3%. The slowdown in employment growth is mostly cosmetic and reflective of the statistical agencies’ inability to [...]

Primer for May Employment Data

We are expecting nonfarm payrolls to rise by 205,000 in May, a little less than consensus. The private sector is expected to account for 200,000 of those gains, with state and local governments adding 5,000 jobs, mostly in education. The quality of new jobs for the month, however, is expected to improve as the demand [...]

Another Downdraft in Growth

Real GDP rose an almost negligible 0.2% in the first quarter, marking the fifth time that the economy has slowed to a standstill or worse since the onset of the “recovery” in 2009. Some of the weakness may be attributed to transitory factors

November Surge In Employment

Payroll employment jumped 321,000 in November and was revised up by 44,000 for the previous two months, bringing the last three-month average up to 278,000. Gains were broad-based, with particularly good gains in the business services sector (outside of temporary hires) where full-time, high paying jobs reside. This sector was among those hardest hit by [...]

Jobs Data Better than Headline Suggests

Payroll employment increased 214,000 in October with upward revisions for the previous months of 31,000. Moreover, we have seen upward revisions consistently, which means momentum is moving to the upside. Some of the largest gains occurred in low-wage food services and drinking establishments. Some of that increase in employment reflects a move by employers to [...]