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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

Asian shares rise as Fed Minutes Soothe Sentiment
Asian Shares Offer Muted Cheer to China Growth

By Reuters

Asian share markets were mostly in the black on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. (Apr 16)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, GDP, JAPAN, RETAIL

Gold Near Two-week High as Ukraine Tensions Boost Safe-haven Bids
Global Markets Overview – 4/16/14

By IG Markets

Global equities were mixed with US markets continuing their recovery, while European and emerging markets struggled. US markets struggled early as China growth fears and Ukraine concerns weighed on equities, but they managed to reverse on earnings optimism. (Apr 16)

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

Asian shares rise as Fed Minutes Soothe Sentiment
Asian Shares Edge Higher on Solid U.S. Data, Ukraine Anxiety Lingers

By Reuters

Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday after upbeat U.S. data helped Wall Street bounce from a sharp selloff in recent days, though tensions in Ukraine tempered demand for riskier assets. (Apr 15)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, CRUDE OIL, JAPAN, RETAIL, RUSSIA

UK retail sales
Australian Stock Market Report – Morning 4/15/14

By Comsec

In US economic data, retail sales rose by 1.1% in March, ahead of forecasts for an increase in sales of 0. It was the biggest gain in sales since September 2012. Excluding autos, sales rose by 0.7%, ahead of forecasts for a gain of 0. Business inventories rose by 0. (Apr 15)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, DOW JONES, FTSE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK

Australian Stock Exchange
Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon 4/14/14

By Comsec

The All Ordinaries Index (XAO) slumped 1.29 per cent; finishing below 5400 points for the first time in two weeks and recording its biggest daily tumble in a month. Investors are likely to remain a little quiet this week due to the shortened Easter trading week. (Apr 14)

MORE TOPICS: NETFLIX, CITIGROUP, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, RETAIL, RIO TINTO

Women shopping at a retail supermarket in Mumbai
Australian Stock Market Report – Morning 4/14/14

By Comsec

In US economic data, producer prices rose by 0.5% in March (forecast +0.1%) with core prices (excludes food and energy) up 0.6% (forecast +0. It was the biggest lift in prices in nine months. Consumer sentiment rose from 80.0 to a 9-month high of 82.6 in April, above forecasts centred near 81. (Apr 14)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, DOW JONES, WELLS FARGO, FTSE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK

Dollar: AUD/USD
Australian Dollar Outlook - 03 March 2014

By IBTimes AU

Bell FX Currency Outlook: The Australian Dollar has traded in a narrow range overnight ahead of Thursday's batch of economic news. (Apr 03)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, UNEMPLOYMENT, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL, TRADE BALANCE

ASX
Australian Stock Market Report – Midday 4/3/14

By Comsec

The early part of Thursday's trade on the ASX has been marked by a balancing act. On the one hand miners have been a positive influence, although sellers have focussed on the financials. As a result the market has been held to only modest improv... (Apr 03)

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

An office worker is reflected in the window of the Australian Securities Exchange building displaying the ASX50 curve for Wednesday in central Sydney August 7, 2013.
Global Markets Overview – 3/31/14

By IG Markets

Based on the close of the futures from Saturday, the market is currently pointing higher by around six to eight points, which would mean the ASX could register a 0.4% gain for the quarter. (Mar 31)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, RETAIL, COPPER

Visa Cards
Wal-Mart Sues Visa for $5 Billion over Card Swipe Fees

By Reuters

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) this week sued Visa Inc (V.N) for $5 billion, accusing the credit and debit card network of excessively high card swipe fees, several months after the retailer opted out of a class action settlement between merchants and Visa and MasterCard Inc (MA. (Mar 28)

MORE TOPICS: WAL-MART, COURT, RETAIL, LAWSUIT, SETTLEMENT