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Retail Consulting - National Retail Bulletin - J.C. Williams Group - April 2009

Retail Consulting - National Retail Bulletin - J.C. Williams Group - April 2009

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This report profiles commercial sales activity in the U.S. based on the Advance Monthly Sales for Retail Trade and Food Services collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Conference Board in the United States. The report compares the latest monthly release of "raw" (i.e., unadjusted for seasonality, holiday, and trading day differences) commercial sales figures to those in the same calendar month of the previous year.
This report profiles commercial sales activity in the U.S. based on the Advance Monthly Sales for Retail Trade and Food Services collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Conference Board in the United States. The report compares the latest monthly release of "raw" (i.e., unadjusted for seasonality, holiday, and trading day differences) commercial sales figures to those in the same calendar month of the previous year.

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U.S. Data Advance April 2009 Retail Sales
 
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Released May 13, 2009
 
Retail Sales Fare Better inApril Over Year-to-date
As the weather starts to warm up so doesconsumer sentiment for an economicrecovery. A welcome change from pastmonths, consumer confidence jumped 12points from March, typifying April withan index of 39.While All Stores sales for the month fell-9.4%, All Stores excluding MotorVehicle and Parts Dealers and GasolineStations dipped by only -1.8%.Sales growth for the month of April faredbetter than year-to-date, indicating apotential, positive trend for certain retailcategories.Health and Personal Care Stores toppedthe category list in retail sales growth, as itincreased by 5.4%.General Merchandise Stores alsoimproved this month, growing 3.2%. BothTarget and Walmart partook in thepositive results, with Walmart’s salesgrowing by nearly twice its forecastedestimate.Food and Beverage Stores sales remainedsteady at 1.3%. Grocery Stores sales wereflat at 0.5%.Food Services and Drinking Places saw anuptick of 1.1% in revenue for the month;however this was lower than its year-to-date sales.Clothing and Accessories Stores remaineddown this month by -3.0%. The categorybettered its year-to-date growth of -6.1%leaving room for optimism that sales arepicking up. A further examination of thefirst quarter sales growth revealed thatwhile both men’s and women’s specialtyclothing stores have witnessed significantcuts (-12.7%, -12.8% respectively),Family Clothing Stores have weatheredthe economic storm much better (-1.1%)For example, Old Navy stood out amidstan ocean of retailers, as its sales increasedby 1%.Building Material and Garden EquipmentStores, while still negative, also enjoyedimproved sales results in April comparedto the rest of the year. Sales were down-10.5% for the month.Retailers that continue to under-perform inApril compared to their year-to-date salesinclude Furniture, Home Furnishings,Electronics and Appliance Stores.Furniture and Home Furnishing Storeswere down by -14.3% in April.Electronics and Appliance Stores werealso hit with a decrease of -11.9%. Firstquarter sales, for the above categoriescombined, fell by -9.8% compared to agreater fall in April sales of -13.1%.However, a further analysis of first quarterresults showed positive growth for Book Stores (7.6%); Warehouse Clubs andSuperstores (3.9%); Beer, Wine, andLiquor Stores (3.3%); Food Services andDrinking Place (1.9%); and ElectronicShopping and Mail-Order Houses (0.4%).Some retailers will be spirited by theirApril sales growth, while others will keepfacing double digit losses. As consumersramp up for summer fun, continuedinvestment in value and convenience willplay a key role in sustaining this positivemonthly trend.
Release Date of the NextNational Retail Bulletin:
June 11,
 
2009
Please note:The J.C. Williams Group National Retail Bulletin compares the latest monthly release of “raw” (i.e.,unadjusted for seasonality, holiday, and trading day) retail sales figures to those in the
same calendar month of the previous year 
. The U.S. Census Bureau also reports seasonally adjusted sales that arecompared to the
 previous month within the current calendar year 
to measure change in Gross DomesticProduct (GDP). Although other sources use seasonally adjusted figures, J.C. Williams Group believesthat using raw figures and making comparisons to the previous year’s performance more accuratelyreflects the seasonality of the retail industry, and therefore, are more useful in analysis. Definitions canbe found on the U.S. Census Website:www.census.gov.
350 West Hubbard St. Ste. 240, Chicago, Il. 60654 Tel: (312) 673-1254 Fax: (312) 822-9162 Website: www.jcwg.com
 
For more information, please contact Jim Okamura at (312) 673-1254, John Archer (416) 921-4181, or e-mail info@jcwg.com
 
Release Date: 5/13/09
Retail Sales by Store Category
Sales for the Month of April200920082009/2008
All Stores335,188370,144-9.4%Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers58,82474,115-20.6%Gasoline Stations26,66441,674-36.0%Food and Beverage Stores47,40246,8051.3%
Grocery Stores42,36242,1680.5%
Health and Personal Care Stores21,07320,0005.4%Building Material and Garden Equipment Stores27,61730,843-10.5%General Merchandise Stores47,07845,6203.2%
Department Stores (excluding leased departments)14,81715,099-1.9%
Clothing and Accessories Stores16,55917,077-3.0%Furniture, Home Furnishings, Electronics and Appliance Stores14,49116,678-13.1%
Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores7,3078,525-14.3%Electronics and Appliance Stores7,1848,153-11.9%
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book and Music Stores6,2586,409-2.4%Miscellaneous Store Retailers9,0909,298-2.2%Nonstore Retailers22,30624,195-7.8%Food Services and Drinking Places37,85637,4301.1%
 Year to Date Sales Ending April200920082009/2008
NATIONAL RETAIL BULLETIN
All Stores1,286,8271,429,984-10.0%Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers220,859285,545-22.7%Gasoline Stations101,494155,144-34.6%Food and Beverage Stores187,485187,3540.1%
Grocery Stores168,828169,605-0.5%
Health and Personal Care Stores83,06180,8242.8%Building Material and Garden Equipment Stores88,44899,575-11.2%General Merchandise Stores180,884179,9360.5%
Department Stores (excluding leased departments)54,90358,840-6.7%
Clothing and Accessories Stores60,99764,938-6.1%Furniture, Home Furnishings, Electronics and Appliance Stores61,76569,089-10.6%
Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores29,52634,466-14.3%Electronics and Appliance Stores32,23934,623-6.9%
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book and Music Stores25,52126,084-2.2%Miscellaneous Store Retailers35,07036,884-4.9%Nonstore Retailers93,63599,412-5.8%Food Services and Drinking Places147,638145,1991.7%
Source: US Census Bureau. All Values are expressed in millions of US dollars and are not seasonally adjusted
350 West Hubbard St. Ste 240, Chicago, Il. 60610 Tel: (312) 673-1254 Fax: (312) 822-9162 Website: www.jcwg.comFor more info, please contact Jim Okamura at (312) 673-1254, John Archer at (416) 921-4181, or e-mail info@jcwg.com
NATIONAL RETAIL BULLETIN
 
Release Date: 5/13/09
Retail Sales by Store Category
Revised Year to Date Sales Ending March200920082009/2008
All Stores951,6391,059,840-10.2%Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers162,035211,430-23.4%Gasoline Stations74,830113,470-34.1%Food and Beverage Stores140,083140,549-0.3%
Grocery Stores126,466127,437-0.8%Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores9,0698,7833.3%
Health and Personal Care Stores61,98860,8241.9%
Pharmacies and Drug Stores51,64250,7221.8%
Building Material and Garden Equipment Stores60,83168,732-11.5%
Building Material and Supplies Stores51,87460,210-13.8%Hardware Stores3,9484,185-5.7%
GAFO (general merchandise, apparel, furniture, and other)253,696263,763-3.8%General Merchandise Stores133,806134,316-0.4%
Department Stores (excluding leased departments)40,08643,741-8.4%
Discount Department Stores (excluding leased departments)26,47127,492-3.7%Conventional and National Dept. Stores (ex. Leased depts.)13,61516,249-16.2%
Warehouse Clubs and Superstores83,68080,5223.9%All Other General Merchandise Stores10,04010,053-0.1%
Clothing and Accessories Stores44,43847,861-7.2%
Men's Clothing Stores1,8602,131-12.7%
NATIONAL RETAIL BULLETIN
Women's Clothing Stores7,4248,511-12.8%Family Clothing Stores17,31317,500-1.1%Shoe Stores5,6826,070-6.4%Jewellery Stores5,3856,263-14.0%
Furniture, Home Furnishings, Electronics and Appliance Stores47,27452,411-9.8%
Furniture Stores12,78114,664-12.8%Home Furnishing Stores9,43811,277-16.3%Household Appliance Stores3,7564,100-8.4%Radio, TV and Other Electronics Stores15,50716,056-3.4%Computer and Software Stores5,2445,504-4.7%
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book and Music Stores19,26319,675-2.1%
Sporting Goods Stores7,8107,7580.7%Book Stores3,9313,6527.6%
Miscellaneous Store Retailers25,98027,586-5.8%Nonstore Retailers71,32975,217-5.2%
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses48,14247,9620.4%Fuel Dealers12,57416,221-22.5%
Food Services and Drinking Places109,782107,7691.9%
Source: US Census Bureau. All Values are expressed in millions of US dollars and are not seasonally adjusted
350 West Hubbard St. Ste 240, Chicago, Il. 60610 Tel: (312) 673-1254 Fax: (312) 822-9162 Website: www.jcwg.comFor more info, please contact Jim Okamura at (312) 673-1254, John Archer at (416) 921-4181, or e-mail info@jcwg.com
NATIONAL RETAIL BULLETIN

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