September 27th, 2018 | By: John Stewart

Research Brief: Retail – September 2018

Soaring confidence further elevates consumption. Strong consumer spending continued in August, boosting core retail sales 5.9 percent on an annual basis and surpassing the precious four-month average of 5.8 percent. A healthy job market and steadily rising wages remain key drivers of consumer confidence, pushing it to its highest level this cycle. With optimism climbing, consumers are making more discretionary purchases, benefiting retailers of electronics and appliances as the sector recorded 4.1 percent annual growth. Prior to the past 12 months, this sector has witnessed sporadic growth, contributing to a negative 10-year average. Clothing retailers also posted strong gains last month, logging a 6.4 percent increase compared with the 10-year average of 2.1 percent.