What Are Retail Sales? Definition and Examples

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By TheStreet Staff What Are Retail Sales?Retail sales are an important monthly indicator of the U.S. economy, helping to gauge whether consumers are spending on items such as cars, clothes, food, mobile phones, computers, and gasoline. It’s also an indicator on how fast consumer prices might be rising. As such, retail sales are a lagging indicator, showing the past performance of spending habits and prices. When Are Retail Sales Released?Retail sales are released in the middle of the month at 8:30 a.m. ET by the Census Bureau, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the formal ti…

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