July retail sales came in line with expectations at 0.5%, which is to be expected: after all, as Bank of America most recent implosion demonstrates all too vividly suddenly, there is a favorable trade off to millions of Americans not paying their mortgage, and also maxing out their credit cards a unprecedented rates. Naturally, the negative one is that BAC and all other mortgage lenders will need to resort to TARP 2 soon but that's in the unforeseeable future. For now: buy, buy, buy. As expected, futures surge because the ex-cars numbers rose from a revised 0.2% to 0.5%, on expectations of 0.3%. Somehow this minute beat is enough for stocks which blatantly ignored yesterday's trade data which indicates that Q2 GDP will be revised to about 0.6% from 1.3%. But this is the kind of robotic myopia we have all grown to know and love that dominates what was once a carbon-lifeform dominated stock market.
From the report:
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $390.4 billion, an increase of 0.5 percent (±0.5%)* from the previous month, and 8.5 percent (±0.7%) above July 2010. Total sales for the May through July 2011 period were up 8.2 percent (±0.3%) from the same period a year ago. The May to June 2011 percent change was revised from +0.1 percent (±0.5%)* to +0.3 percent (±0.3%)*.
Retail trade sales were up 0.5 percent (±0.5%)* from June 2011, and 8.9 percent (±0.7%) above last year. Gasoline stations sales were up 23.6 percent (±1.7%) from July 2010 and nonstore retailers sales were up 14.1 percent (±2.8%) from last year.