Retail Sales

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November 15, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Surge, Up 4.3% Over Past Year

Retail sales in the U.S. jumped in October, according to Commerce Department figures released Tuesday, surpassing analysts’ expectations.

October 14, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Rebound But Consumers Less Upbeat

Retail sales in the U.S. posted a solid gain in September, indicating consumers remain confident about the economy – but a separate report revealed that certainty is being hit by the race for White House.

September 20, 2016

Economic Watch: Home Starts Slow, Overall Optimism Remains

Nationwide housing starts fell 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units in August, according to newly released data from the Commerce Department on Tuesday, the latest disappointing economic indicator, but there are still feelings overall economic conditions are improving.

September 7, 2016

Analysis: How E-commerce and Millennials are Changing Retail and Trucking

Retail sales are important – not just to the overall economy, but also to trucking – and the game is changing big-time, possibly thanks to an entire generation.

July 27, 2016

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Dive, New Home Sales Jump

While new orders for manufactured durable goods plunged in June, a closely watched economic indicator shows a gain for the first time in three months, as a separate report shows a big hike in new home sales and another is calling for even better retail sales.

July 15, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Industrial Production Improve

A jump in retail sales and industrial output are just two of several economic indicators released Friday showing the economy is performing at least somewhat better, but there are still some lingering concerns.

July 14, 2016

Natural-Gas Truck Sales Recover From Slow Start in 2016

Retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks in the U.S. and Canada improved in May, after getting off to a slow start earlier in the year.

July 12, 2016

Economic Watch: Expect Increase In Retail Imports

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see a small-but-significant increase this month as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season, then see a larger wave in late summer and fall for the holiday shopping season.

June 14, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Post Another Solid Gain

U.S. retail sales rose a stronger-than-expected 0.5% in May from the month before, building on a strong April gain, which could lead to better expectations of overall second quarter economic growth.

May 13, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment Improve; Wholesale Inflation Returns

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy is showing renewed signs of life as consumers seem to be more upbeat following a sluggish first quarter. However, an economic drag on trucking remains stubbornly high as prices at the wholesale level turned slightly higher.

April 13, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Decline, Keeping Inventories High; PPI Drops

Retail sales in the U.S. disappointed once again last month, causing high inventory levels to fall only marginally while wholesales prices declined, according to three separate reports released on Wednesday.

March 15, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

February 12, 2016

Economic Watch: Strong Retail Sales Despite Lower Consumer Sentiment

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy posted broad-based gains in January, which could ease fears following earlier indications that overall activity was slowing. However, a separate report on inventories still raises concerns about a bumpy ride.

January 15, 2016

Economic Watch: Latest Indicators Lagging but Consumers Upbeat

The latest numbers about the state of the American economy show activity has slowed in key sectors, including one of the biggest drivers, with retail sales turning in its weakest improvement since 2009.

December 11, 2015

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Producer Prices Jump

Both retail sales and prices at the wholesale level rose the most in months during November, according to two separate economic reports released on Friday. These will join other numbers that will be considered in a few days when the Federal Reserve considers an interest rate hike.

November 30, 2015

Distributor Takes Action on Improving Parts Buying Experience

Action Truck Parts recently moved to a more visual customer experience offering more of a retail approach to parts purchasing.

November 13, 2015

Economic Watch: Latest Numbers Disappoint, More Uncertainty with Fed

While a recent good unemployment report led some to speculate the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at year-end, new numbers released Friday remind us there's more to the equation.

November 10, 2015

Photos:Truck Parts Retail Experience of the Future

Action Truck Parts in Bolingbrook, Ill.,  is paying attention to its customers and helping them get in and out quickly with the parts they need. It recently moved to a more visual customer experience offering more of a retail approach to parts purchasing. Photos: Denise Rondini

October 14, 2015

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Barely Increase, Wholesale Prices Drop

Retail sales in the U.S. barely moved higher last month -- about half what many analysts were expecting. With wholesale prices falling the most in eight months. there's more speculation on what will happen with interest rates.

September 24, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Cools, New Homes Soar

Economic watchers got a mixed bag of reports on Thursday. One showed an easing in part of the manufacturing sector, including a measure of business investment. However, two others were upbeat regarding housing and the upcoming holiday sales season.

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