Big Miss In Retail Sales Paints Grim Picture For Holiday Shopping

Tyler Durden's picture

Here we go with the "but, but, Sandy" excuses. The just announced October retail sales tumbled, with their worst miss of expectations since May 2010, and the first sequential decline since June: printing at -0.3% for both the headline and the 'ex autos and gas', on expectations of a -0.2% and +0.4% rise. Ignoring for a second that the Commerce Department said that Hurricane Sandy had both positive (remember those massive lines in various stores ahead of Sandy) and negative impacts on retail sales, it would be truly inconceivable for the sellside Wall Street consensus of diploma'ed PhDs, which knew about Sandy's impact on retail sales well in advance, and thus could adjust its numbers, to actually, you know, adjust its numbers. Either way there is no way to spin the longer term major store sales trend (last chart), which shows that the US consumer, out of money, out of credit, and out of savings is entering the holiday season with little to zero disposable spending power.

A sequential decline in virtually everything except General Merchandise sales:

Breakdown by category: oops on cars and building materials:

The biggest miss to expectations for core retail sales since 2010:

Finally, the only chart that matters: the long-term trend in true sales. Not pretty:


And in other news, PPI printed a decline of -0.2% - the first drop since May - on expectations of a 0.2% print and up from 1.1%, on sliding energy costs, even as food PPI was up 0.4%.

The evil, evil deflation is once again coming back, which is good: at least what little money US consumers have will have slightly more purchasing power. At least until the Fed starts outright monetizing $85 billion in total securities starting January.

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TeamDepends's picture

Can't wait to see the "Electric Winter Tree" in D.C. as we celebrate Kwanza like we always have.

GetZeeGold's picture



Right after the sacrifices.....we get to open presents that we're going to send to someone else. I can't wait.

rustymason's picture

A donation will be made in your name to the Human Fund.

Manthong's picture

Dont forget the ornaments for the Kwanzaa shrub.

krispkritter's picture

Toy Mfg's are trying to make a comeback:


Trickle Me POMO; a Fed favorite

Barbie’s “Repossed Malibu Condo”

Tonka Toys Ride-on Bulldozer – Detroit Edition

Freeby; formerly Furby; rubbing it’s belly replenishes your EBT card

Apple’s iBamaphone; teleprompter app, automatically blocks calls to Papa Jon’s & Chick-fil-a, iShaniqua voice-changing app for crank calling GOP HQ.

Mr. Bo-tato Head; now with larger ears

Play Dough – Fed Edition; nuff said

Scramble – Benghazi Edition; by the makers of Foreign Policy

Match Box – ‘Real’ Housewives; carpet meet shades


TeamDepends's picture

Instead of a lump of coal in your stocking you'll find an Obama phone.  But not the one you are accustomed to.  No, this will be Obamaphone 2.0:  a one-way line from Barry's mouth to your ear.

SheepDog-One's picture

We're going with 'Festivus' again this year, I'll cream my uncle in the 'Feats of Strength' I'm going to tip over his wheelchair.

insanelysane's picture

And then run him over with your government financed GM truck.

buzzsaw99's picture

The bernank will give bankers another bonus based upon this news.

jomama's picture

they must have thought the mayans were right and blew their load prior?

warchopper's picture

But, but, after people recover from Sandy, they will release their pent up consumer demand.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

Yeah right, you keep telling yourself that.  I've been thinking for years now that my wife would release her pent up sexual demand too......

Ms. Erable's picture

But she has released that sexual demand - just not with you. Think of it as 'black market' sex.

EscapeKey's picture

And think of all the broken windows (both literally and metaphorically) that will have to be fixed in NYC.

All of which are good for the economy (unless you look at total levels of debt, of course).

I am more equal than others's picture

The trend is your friend.

GetZeeGold's picture



The money will never run out....but the Koolaid will taste like colored water.

BBullionaire's picture

it seems to have run out already for alot of people

EscapeKey's picture

Since when have they mattered?

Offthebeach's picture

That's because they are not indebting themselves enough. Debt=money. Matter of fact, they are selfish. Enemy of the people. Anti-Krughmanites. Racists.

adr's picture

What could be more bullish?!!??

Also, will 2013 follow the same bullshit algo driven pattern as the past three years?

If so BTFD man!!!!

Maybe this year we can go for a 30% January gain. When all the data is bullshit and fundamentals don't matter, who cares.

fonzannoon's picture

Santelli sure did not put a sad face on it. I think they finally got his shock collar secured.

GetZeeGold's picture



It's about time CNBC got control of that pit bull.

buzzsaw99's picture

Santelli is a good indian who goes off the reservation sometimes.

JustObserving's picture

Bernanke is not printing enough - must keep stocks, bonds, commodities, housing and retail sales levitated.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Tell those Chinese customers to start spending so we can fire up the American sweatshops already.

plaspotje's picture

don't worry about the chinese spending ,,i live here and my wife has never seen prices this low ,, from car's (clearing the channel stuffing)  to anything you can not eat ,, restaurant prices are lower and the places are not as bussy ,, however the chinese people are getting heavyer and taller so go long food and farmland

LawsofPhysics's picture

I farm just over 30,000 acres.  This is what I have been telling people for 20+ years.  Recognized it as soon as the chinese were given special access to our treasury market in the 90's. They look at me like I am insane.  Unfortunately, none of this behavior is sustainable.

kraschenbern's picture

What's your forecast on when the tax collectors will come after your seed stock?


LawsofPhysics's picture

Please.  When fraud is the status quo, possession is the law.  The answer will be the same one we all give for our PM stock as in "What seed stock?"

Things that go bump's picture

Good nutrition will do that to people.

EscapeKey's picture

I guess they will have to build more for-profit, private sector jails.

Thereby providing more "incarceration opportunities" aka slave labour.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Please pay attention.  Look at crime and punishment in China, much more efficient in that communist/socialist state.  People are put to death (no cost to taxpayer keeping criminals around).  This extends to all levels of society.  Remind me, how did things turn out for the managment of that company that sold the tainted milk formula again?  Please, wake the fuck up.

Spastica Rex's picture

Hey! Our prison industry is the most profitable in the world!


LawsofPhysics's picture

Just like every other debtors prison throughout history.  Not sustainable.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

This is starting to feel like the end of 2008...all over again !:O)

caimen garou's picture

Holiday shopping will ramp up with buy now and no payments til 2013, funny how people will starve to get that I-crack!

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Thats really everything in a nutshell isn't it.  Buy now and pay later.  Just think how well off we all could be if we could buy anything we wanted now, and not have to pay for it for 1000 years.

Urban Redneck's picture

Which would leave consumers with no money to pay the more expensive food that will be offered all throughout 2013, couple that with declining per capita SNAP benefits and increased SNAP penetration, looks like America might finally on a forced diet next year, now if only the polticiians would do the same...

Taffy Lewis's picture

No worries about food, Urban Redneck, Walmart is on the case:

Wal-Mart launches food subscription service

It's reassuring to know that "Walmart Labs" is enabling (or is that "disabling"?) people to buy "ethnic products" from the comfort of their own homes.

We aren't that far from The Matrix, where people will live their entire lives in pods. I give it 100 years.



Winston of Oceania's picture

Try reading the whole article, those are samples of food products that are not yet in stores. Hate them if you like but they are no different than any other big box retailer, try supporting a local vendor instead.

youngman's picture

Guns and Ammo are doing fine.....they just said on CNBC that the fiscal cliff will NOT affect Christmas lets see ..your a military contractor and you have your yellow slip in you go out and buy a bunch of crap....I think not....

azzhatter's picture

Maybe there are a few openings for generals?

GetZeeGold's picture



Droppin like flies they are.....something about Benghazi and a video.

edifice's picture

Yes, sir. Buying the S.O. a G19 for Xmas, to go alongside mine. His & Hers. Yes, it's very cute.

John Law Lives's picture

It's okay.  Uncle Bernank can crank out some more Bernank Bucks and save the holiday shopping season... and he can control inflation in 15 minutes if he has to.

100% FUBAR.

MiltonFriedmansNightmare's picture

Too bad the Bernank Bucks are for bankster use only.

John Law Lives's picture

But... but... but... those kind banksters are supposed to lend those Bernank Bucks to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sixpack at kindly terms to stimulate economic growth so we can grow our way out of debt... and we know Uncle Bernank can curb inflation in 15 minutes if necessary because he said he can...

100% FUBAR.