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Chain Store Sales  
Released On 4/12/2018 For Mar, 2018

Highlights
Chain stores are reporting mostly higher sales results in March which is no surprise given this year's early Easter which pulled April sales forward. This calendar effect will be adjusted for in the government's month-to-month data but adjustments for big effects are sometimes less than perfect. That said, today's results point to a rise in unadjusted retail sales for March which, after adjustment, may prove to be closer to steady than a big gain or loss.

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
 

2018 Release Schedule
Released On: 1/42/83/84/129/610/1111/812/6
Release For: DecJanFebMarAugSepOctNov
 


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