Retail Sales

August 15, 2019 Retail sales rose 0.7 in July after having risen 0.3% in June and 0.5% in May..    While relatively soft late last year and in the first two months of 2019, sales are coming on strong.  During the past year retail sales have risen a solid 3.4%. but in...

Car and Truck Sales

August 3, 2019 Unit car and truck sales declined 1.8% in July to a 16.8 million pace after having fallen 1.4% in June.    During the last year car sales have declined 0.4%.  But the softness in car sales is not the result of an inability of consumers to afford cars....