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U.S. Consumption Trends by Week
General Merchandise: Dollar Change Versus Year Ago
Compared to last year, U.S. general merchandise dollar sales declined 3% in the week ending August 1st.
Source: The NPD Group/Point-of-Sale Early Indicator Report, NPD Universe, WE Aug 01, 2020
Industries Included: Apparel, Footwear, Auto Aftermarket, Watches, Housewares, Small Domestic Appliances, Toys, Video, Sports Accessories, Consumer Technology, Office Supplies, Prestige Beauty, Juvenile Products
Foodservice: Transaction Change Versus Year Ago
U.S. restaurant chain transactions declined by 11% in the week ending July 26 compared to year ago.
Data Source: The NPD Group/CREST® Performance Alerts and ReCount®
Retail Sales Declined
As COVID-19 case counts continue to climb across the country, retail sales are slowing. Once again, we see dollars remained close to last year’s levels, while units had steeper declines. This stems from a combination of selling fewer promotional items and continued growth in sales of higher-ticket items. We will continue to watch case count growth as well as the impact on several industries as back-to-school gets a new curriculum.
Shopping Activity Changes
Per-Capita Receipt Index (By Purchase Method)
Store Online Total Retail
In the week ending August 1st, total retail purchasing traffic (number of online and in-store transactions) remained flat versus the prior week.
Source: The NPD Group/Checkout, WE Aug 01, 2020