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Chain Store Sales  
Released On 3/2/2017 For Feb, 2017

Highlights
Retailers are blaming this year's roughly 10 percent slowdown in tax refunds for a weak February where sales rates are hinting at trouble. Core retail sales (ex-gas ex-auto) surged in January which, even without late tax returns, makes for a difficult comparison. When adding in gas and autos, the former likely soft on lower prices and the latter likely flat based on yesterday's unit vehicle sales, the outlook for the February retail sales report is guarded.

Definition
Monthly sales volumes from individual department, discount, apparel, and drugstore chains are usually reported on the first Thursday of each month. Chain store sales correspond with roughly 10 percent of retail sales. Chain store sales are an indicator of retail sales and consumer spending trends. There is no official composite number for each month's sales, merely sales figures for individual chains. Also, which chains release monthly numbers varies over time as corporate policies sometimes change in regard to providing monthly numbers to the public in addition to quarterly data.  Why Investors Care
 

2017 Release Schedule
Released On: 1/52/23/24/65/46/17/68/38/3110/511/2
Release For: DecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct
 


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