Chart of the week
While we might have feared a fall or sharp slowdown in September’s retail sales as the various household income support measures came to an end, the numbers surprised to the upside, posting a 1.9% month-on-month increase, or 1.4% excluding automobiles, fuel and building materials. Minor downward revisions to previous months failed to undo the surprisingly upbeat numbers.
This figure is good news at a time when household incomes are receiving less support and the number of Covid-19 cases is turning back up. In addition, the improvement in the University of Michigan’s confidence index from 80.4 to 81.2 in October is reassuring.
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