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    Latest US Retail Sales Release


    The March sales figures were released today - up 1.6% which is respectable given the past couple of years. These numbers don't tell the whole story. The sales increase is usually reported versus the previous year. A more interesting metric is how the sales have fared since the peak value (November 2007).

    What we have done is to index the sales for every retail category to the November 2007 peak to see how the compare today. Food & Personal Care are ahead of the previous peak

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    Top Retail Stories this Week


    US Retail sales in March exceed expectations, but will the growth be sustained in April?



    Home prices in Canada continue to rise rapidly. Now double US prices. Signs of a bubble? How will HST + higher interest rates in July affect this trend?


    Shoppers Drug Mart, one of the largest retailers in Canada that has been successfuly expanding at a furious rate has just had its business model hit by changes to the way Ontario pays for prescriptions. Stock down 12%, well above $1B. The retailer pushed back by slamming on the brakes in Ontario and announcing aggressive cutbacks.


    Costco ramps up Asian expansion. Why? March comp sales at 414 US stores +5%, at 153 international stores +28%





    March Retail Sales

    March Sales have just been released and they are ahead of expectations, even with the Easter bump.

    A number of factors have come together in March including; pent up demand, more positive consumer sentiment, easter timing and favorable weather in the northeast. The key question is how sustainable this growth trajectory is. We will find out when the April numbers come out.

    Good article on magnitude of Easter influence can be found here


    Retail Sales in Canada

    Canadian Retail Sales have just been released. They show a continued upward trend, now close to pre-recession levels.

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