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Retail Sales

Retail sales reports measures consumer spending, also known as personal consumption expenditure. Consumer spending is the largest part of aggregate demand or effective demand at the macroeconomic level.

Economists often look to these reports to gauge private demand and the state of the overall economy.

Headlines Around the Web

Festive online UK sales hit record

Jan 06 - Financial Times

Brokers pushing EM funds face crackdown

Jan 03 - Financial Times

Big retailers back cap on card fees

Dec 17 - Financial Times

'Cyber Monday' racks up $2b sales

Dec 04 - News.com.au

How to Monetize Chinese Social Media

Dec 04 - Business Week

Surprise as retail sales fall 0.7%

Nov 14 - Independent

Articles About Retail Sales

Tony Abbott at New York Stock Exchange
Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon July 16, 2014

By Comsec

The Aussie market came under pressure within 30 minutes of the start of trade today, then thanks to a late surge, local shares higher for the second time this week. The All Ordinaries Index closed up 0.16% or 8.8pts higher; closing above 5,500 points for first time in a week. (Jul 16)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, RETAIL

Stock Market
Australian Stock Market Report –Afternoon July 15, 2014

By Comsec

The Australian market struggled to hold on to early gains as the banks and mining stocks came under heavy selling. The All Ordinaries Index added 12points at the start of trade then by lunchtime the market had fallen into the red. (Jul 15)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GDP, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL

Australian Dollar Outlook - 14 July 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar has opened this morning below 0.9400 after a very quiet day of trading on Friday. (Jul 14)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, FEDERAL RESERVE, UNEMPLOYMENT, MANUFACTURING, GDP, JAPAN

Banco Espiriti Santo
Global Markets Overview – July 11, 2014

By IG Markets

Portugal saw one of its largest banks exhibiting signs of financial stress overnight, as Banco Espirito Santo missed a debt repayment. (Jul 11)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, PORTUGAL, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GDP, RETAIL

Janet Yellen
Australian Dollar Outlook -03 July 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar has retreated from the 0.9500 level of yesterday after a poorer than expected trade deficit figure pushed our local currency down. (Jul 03)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, UNEMPLOYMENT, AIG, MANUFACTURING, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL

U.S. one-hundred dollar bills are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in Seoul August 2, 2013. Picture taken August 2, 2013.
Australian Dollar Outlook - 19 June 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar is considerably stronger after the US Federal Reserve surprised when it revised economic growth forecasts downwards overnight. (Jun 19)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, IRAQ, UNEMPLOYMENT, GDP, AUSTRALIA

Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon June 12, 2014

By Comsec

The ASX 200 ended lower for a second day on Thursday with sellers showing preference for the materials sectors, although most sectors ended in the red. The only sector to resist the efforts of sellers was the healthcare index which ended with a gain of 0. Value today was solid with $4. (Jun 12)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, RETAIL, QANTAS

Australian Stock Market Report – Midday June 3, 2014

By Comsec

The Australian share market is slightly weaker at lunchtime in the East, despite positive offshore gains. Yesterday the Australian share market gained 0.5 per cent. (Jun 03)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, HSBC, MANUFACTURING, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AUSTRALIA

Global Markets Overview – June 3, 2014

By IG Markets

US equities printed a record high yet again, but this time with not quite as much conviction as we've seen in recent sessions. Meanwhile, a shocking German CPI print kept the stimulus camp happy in Europe, especially after the ECB flagged inflation as one of its key concerns. (Jun 03)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, HSBC, MANUFACTURING, TWITTER, FACEBOOK

A train hauling carriages filled with iron ore is seen on the outskirts of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in this December 3, 2013 file photo. If Australian miners are worried about the dramatic decline in iron ore prices, it does
Australian Stock Market Report – Midday June 2, 2014

By Comsec

Despite a weaker start the Australian sharemarket is creeping higher at lunch. Better than expected Chinese data out yesterday together with a firmer end to the week in the U.S. are helping local stocks. (Jun 02)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, HSBC, MANUFACTURING, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AUSTRALIA