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Retailing & Chain Stores OVERVIEW

  Retail, with nearly 15.7 million employees in America alone (more than one out of 10 workers), is one of the largest industries in the world.
    Retail sales in the U.S.
    totaled an estimated $5.318 trillion during 2015, according to Plunkett Research, up about 2% for the year, and up dramatically from only $4.0 trillion during 2009.
    Total sales were $5.208 trillion in 2014 according to the U.S Census Bureau.
    (Sales at stores selling general merchandise, apparel, furniture and specialty items, referred to as “GAFO,” totaled $1.2 trillion in 2014.
    GAFO is an important distinction.
    In contrast, retail sales of all types are considered to include automobiles, gasoline and restaurants.)   Factors that will impact the retail sector during 2016 in the U.S., Europe and most Developed Nations: ·         Surveys show that consumers are focused on increasing their savings and paying down debt.
    This means that a large number of consumers wait to purchase until they can pay cash.
    When consumers do borrow, today’s low interest rates will be a great benefit. ·         In the U.S., a significant improvement in the unemployment rate and an improving economy, as of late 2015, point to a reasonably good retail environment in 2016.
    Nonetheless, consumers will remain cautious. ·         Consumers, as of late 2015, were less interested in buying clothing and more interested spending on travel, automobiles and home remodeling or repairs. ·         Consumers will


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Industry Statistics

  • Annual Consumer Price Index, 1920-2015
  • Exports, General Imports & Trade Balance in Goods, U.S.: 1989-2nd Quarter 2015
  • Total U.S. Retail Sales & Annual Percent Change: 1992-2015
  • U.S. Retail Trade Corporation Statistics, 2nd Quarter 2015
  • Total Annual Sales of Merchant Wholesalers, U.S.: 2009-2014
  • Total Monthly Sales and Inventories of Merchant Wholesalers, U.S.: January-August 2015
  • Retail & Food Services Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: Monthly, through August 2015
  • Retail & Food Services Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: 2009-2014
  • Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, Total & E-Commerce: 1st Quarter 2006-3rd Quarter 2015
  • Total U.S. Disposable Income, Expenditures & Gross Domestic & National Product per Capita: Selected Years, 1960-2014
  • Average Annual U.S. Household Expenditures: 2009-2014
  • Distribution of Total U.S. Annual Household Expenditures, by Major Category: 2014
  • Resident Population Estimates by Age, U.S.: 2007-2014
  • Employment in the Retail Industry, U.S.: 2008-August 2015

Top Companies Profiled

The following is a partial listing for this industry. As a subscriber, you will have access to the leading companies and top growth companies. This includes publicly-held, private, subsidiary and joint venture companies, on a global basis as well as in the U.S.

Industry Trends Analyzed Include:

  • Wal-Mart Still Dominates But Faces Slowing Revenue Growth
  • Department Stores Reposition for Today’s Consumer While Outlet Stores Proliferate
  • Warehouse Clubs and Discount Department Stores Battle for Market Share
  • Private Label Brands Grow in Share of Total Store Sales
  • Diverse Selling Techniques Boost Direct Marketers and Non-Store Sales
  • Apple Sets the Bar for Showcase Stores and Super-Merchandisers
  • For the Long Term in the U.S, Customers Increase Savings/Less Inclined to Use Debt
  • Bricks, Clicks and Catalogs Create Synergies While Online Sales Growth Surges
  • Retail Technologies Advance for Store Checkout and Restaurant Orders/Apps and Location-Based Ads Drive Sales
  • RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution
  • Advanced Vending Machines Enable Retailers to Set up Mini-Stores at Airports
  • Smartphones and Financial Technology (“FinTech”) Enable New Mobile Payment Methods
  • Near Field Communications (NFC) Changes Credit and Debit Cards
  • Self Service Apparel Fitting Technologies Grow in Stores and Online
  • Retailers Look for Long-Term Growth in Emerging Markets, Including China, India and Brazil
  • Retail Center Occupancy Is High, with Sales Rising in Upscale Malls/Online Sales Hurt Stores
  • Entertainment-Based Retailing, including Power Towns
  • Malls Remodel to Boost Sales and Attract Shoppers/Store Visitor Counts Are Disappointing
  • Fast Fashion: Designers and Retailers Speed Up
  • Luxury Item Sales Growth Slows
  • LOHAS-Socially Conscious Consumers Create Challenges and Opportunities for Advertisers and Marketers
  • How to Interpret Reports of Retail Sales

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