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Chain Store Sales  
Released On 5/4/2017 For Apr, 2017

Highlights
Chain stores are reporting mostly stronger rates of year-on-year sales growth for April, a month however that got a big boost from this year's Easter shift out of March. Sales reports from chains are in year-on-year terms only and are not adjusted for calendar effects such as the shift in Easter which is a major holiday for the retail sector. The best way to look at chain-store sales during Easter shifts is to take both March and April together and with this comparison, stores are mostly downbeat. Weakness in consumer spending has been the dominant feature so far of the 2017 economy.

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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