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October 2018 Monthly Consumer Update: US, UK and China

Executive Summary

Coresight Research’s monthly reports keep you up to date on US and UK retail sales, US retail traffic and in-store metrics, selected US retailers’ same-store sales and key global consumer indicators. Click here to view our full collection of Monthly Reports.

Our Monthly Consumer Update rounds up key metrics that reflect consumer demand in the US, the UK and China.  We focus on direct, leading indicators of the health of the consumer economy: wage growth, price changes and retail sales growth.

Highlights from our October Consumer Update:

  • Year-over-year growth in US retail sales strengthened, but a jump in gas-price inflation threatens to squeeze consumers’ wallets.
  • UK retail sales growth slowed as consumers pulled back on big-ticket categories in the month preceding Black Friday.
  • Chinese retail sales growth softened slightly.

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