Monthly Consumer Update: US, UK and China – October 2018

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Key Points

Each month, we round up key metrics that reflect consumer demand in the US, the UK and China. In these updates, we focus on direct, leading indicators of the health of the consumer economy: wage growth, price changes and retail sales growth.

In October:

  • 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.

US

*Coresight Research evaluation
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics/US Census Bureau/Coresight Research

UK

*Coresight Research evaluation
Source: Office for National Statistics/Coresight Research

CHINA

*Coresight Research evaluation
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China/Bloomberg/Coresight Research
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