Retail Spending Trend United States

Retail spending in the United States continues to increase, 1992-2017

Eric Garland DataLab

Courtesy of Calculated Risk, fine purveyors of macroeconomic data charts, we have the 25 year trend for retail spending in the United States. Retail is shifting in myriad other ways other than total spending, but the quarter-century trend is an incremental, constant increase. Not pictured: the bifurcation of “Dollar Stores” and luxury “experience” retail, consolidation of big box “category killers,” …

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Here’s where consumers research their upcoming Christmas shopping

Eric Garland DataLab

Consumers plan their Christmas shopping early, which should come as no surprise. But for retailers out there running websites, placing ads, and interacting on social media, this chart might come as a surprise. Online shoppers responded to this poll in July 2015 asking about how they planned to research Christmas shopping in the upcoming year. That 62% choose search engines …

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Retail vacancy rate in the US forecast to decline

Eric Garland DataLab

This forecast by the National Association of Realtors and REIS supposes that the retail vacancy rate will continue to drop on a low, incremental basis in the next year or so. Competitive Futures tracks retail trends around the world, and we maintain that the United States market is overserved by retail compared with almost every other industrialized nation. Still, as …

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Leading retailers in China

Eric Garland DataLab

On this chart of the leading retailers in China, only two brands would stick out to Americans: Wal-Mart and Yum! Brands. No matter where you go on Earth, the Kentucky colonel is never far behind. And of course, Wal-Mart.