consumers spending Archive

Retail Rent Growth Enters 2017 on Upward Swing

Economic activity continued on an upward trend in the last quarter of 2016, but at a slower pace, as the first estimate of real gross domestic product (GDP) from the Bureau of Economic Analysis documented. Preliminary figures indicated that...

Latest GDP (4th Quarter 2015)

Economic growth was feeble in the final quarter of 2015, rising only 0.7 percent. One bright spot, however, was the housing sector, which through new home construction and rising home sales drove housing investment to rise by 8.2 percent....

Higher Consumer Spending Leads to Declining Retail Vacancies

The economy performed better than expected in the second quarter of this year. Recently revised data show that real gross domestic product (GDP) advanced at an annual rate of 3.7 percent, to $16.3 trillion, according to the Bureau of...

Latest Retail Sales

Consumers spent far less at gas stations due to lower gasoline prices. The saved money, however, did not lead to higher sales at clothing and department stores.  Sales at furniture and home furnishing stores also declined.  One area where...

The Latest on GDP

The economy popped out nicely in the second quarter.  The measurement of everything Americans produced increased by 4.2 percent.  Such a growth rate, if it can be sustained, means measurably higher future income and about 3 million net new...