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    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

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    April Sales

    The April Sales have just been released and are well below the March levels (Exceptions Costco & Neiman Marcus).

    Some factors to bear in mind:

    • Easter timing helped March and hurt April
    • Combined March + April sales eliminate this bias, look for May to come in close to this level
    • Luxury retailers have fared well over the last couple of months, this is an important trend which bodes well for future margins and future spending growth. It also points to improving traffic at shopping centers.
    • Steady retail sales growth is continuing, but at a level between what was seen in March and April






    Top Retail Stories this Week - April 23rd

    US Retail Sales - Strong housing starts (+27% in March) will translate into higher retail sales as consumers buy to furnish their new homes.

    Toronto Holiday Shopping - Looks very likely that Toronto City Council will vote to allow holiday shopping, adding nine more days to the retail calendar.

    Iceland Volcano - The week of Volcanic disruptions to air traffic is mostly over, retail impacts will prove minimal.

    Australia Developments - NSW is has changed how new developments are evaluated. Sets stage for increased activity.




    Latest EU Retail Sales

    The February 2010 European retail sales were recently released. UK, Switzerland and Austria led the countries with a 3% increase over the past year. This level is mediocre at best and leaves room for further increases in the coming months.

    Eastern Europe contines to see the largest decreases. The rate of decrese appears to be stabilizing though, perhaps a bottom has been reached?

    Late update: The travel disruptions in Europe will impact retail sale in a number of ways, not all of which are negative:


    • Emergency spending will reduce discretionary spending for stranded travellers in coming months, this will supress retail growth slightly on both sides of the Atlantic.
    • Some retailers with tight supply chains will see an interuption to their inventory flows, mostly perishable goods and some clothing. The overall impact will be relatively small. Tesco for example sources less than 1% via air freight.
    • Airport retailers will have seen a six day hit to sales which translates into perhaps 1.5% of annual sales.


    • Money destined for tourist spending will be spent closer to home.
    • When airline traffic returns to normal, there will be a backlog of tourists added to the normal seasonal peak, providing a broad sales boost in May (assuming that things return to normal soon)

     We will continue to monitor the impact from our sources and update soon.


    Top Retail Stories this Week - April 16th 

    US Retail Sales

    Carrefour Q1

    US Retailers Invest in Canada

    Walmart Adapting Strategy in India?

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