Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:15 PM EST

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

New York Stock Exchange
Australian Stock Market Report – Midday October 1, 2014

By Comsec

Local investors have had little opportunity to savour the gains of the pre-ceding session. The 0.5 per cent gain for the ASX 200 on Tuesday was erased in short order at the open today. Buyers were invisible at the open and the ASX 200 shed 48 points at the low point of the morning. (Oct 01)

MORE TOPICS: HSBC, MANUFACTURING, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, RETAIL, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

An office worker talks on his phone as he looks the stock board at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) building in central Sydney June 15, 2012. Asian shares edged up on Friday, and the euro held most of the previous session's gains, as nervous inves
Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon September 29, 2014

By Comsec

The second half of the trading session on Monday provided a little more cause for optimism compared to its earlier counterpart. Buyers finally found some resolve around lunchtime and the ASX 200 was able to recover a solid portion of the early losses. (Sep 29)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, COURT, AUSTRALIA, ADVERTISING, RETAIL

A metal sculpture depicting a stock exchange chart is seen in the reception hall of the Athens Bourse in Athens September 11, 2014. Greece on Thursday set the pricing on its offer to top up its recent three- and five-year bonds by about 1 billion euros (U
Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon September 16, 2014

By IBTimes AU

The local market extended its losses in the second half of trade, with the All Ordinaries Index (XAO) down 0.5 per cent or 29.2pts to 5446.2. The miners ended modestly firmer; however the improvements lessened this afternoon while falls from the big banks held the market back most. (Sep 16)

MORE TOPICS: WESTPAC, GERMANY, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, RETAIL, G20

The national flag of China flutters behind a fence of the headquarters of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in Beijing, in this July 12, 2013
Global Markets Overview – September 16, 2014

By IBTimes AU

We remain fixated on the events that will unfold on Thursday morning, with trading in the currency markets suggesting expectations of a change in language are a near certainty. (Sep 16)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, DOW JONES, FTSE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK

Australian Dollar Outlook - 15 September 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar continued its slide over the weekend after some figures from China were softer than expected. (Sep 15)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, EXISTING HOME SALES, GDP, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL, TRADE BALANCE

Federal Reserve
Global Markets Overview – September 15, 2014

By IG Markets

Inflation risk is starting to creep into the psyche of US markets; the S&P just snapped out of its longest streak of weekly gains in 2014 on Friday, as all eyes turn to this Thursday's FOMC meeting. (Sep 15)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, DOW JONES, FTSE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK

Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker
Australian Dollar Outlook - 12 September 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar spiked yesterday following a record breaking employment increase, but has given back any gains as the currency continues its slide lower. (Sep 12)

MORE TOPICS: UNEMPLOYMENT, 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 - 13 August 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar remained in a tight range during a quiet session. (Aug 13)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, WESTPAC, GDP, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL, RUSSIA

Retailer
U.S. Chains Eye Canada's Prime Real Estate for Expansion

By IBTimes AU

U.S. luxury retail mall chains Nordstrom Inc. and Saks Fifth Avenue are cornering a piece of Canada's prime real estate for expansion, according to a report on The Financial Post. (Aug 11)

MORE TOPICS: NYSE, RETAIL, NEW YORK

Euro and U.S. dollar banknotes
Australian Dollar Outlook - 11 August 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar opens this week little changed from Friday's close after tensions in the Ukraine lessened on Friday. (Aug 11)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, IRAQ, UNEMPLOYMENT, GDP, RETAIL