US Retail Sales Tumble For 3rd Straight Month On Slump In Restaurant & Online Spending

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jan 15, 2021 - 08:38 AM

US Retail Sales declined for the 3rd straight month in December, sliding 0.7% MoM vs 0.0% exp

Source: Bloomberg

The biggest headline under the surface is the fact that non-store retailers (Amazon etc.) plunged 5.8% MoM.

And while motor vehicles sales rose 1.9%, the lockdowns sent Food Services & Drinking Places sales down 4.5% MoM...

On a year-over-year basis, headline and core retail sales remain positive but are slowing dramatically as all that government handout cash runs out...

Source: Bloomberg

The silver lining, if there is one, is that BofA's real-time spending data is suggesting a surge in buying is coming in January.