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Retail Sales Fall More Than Expected in Third Straight Monthly Decline
MoneyNews ^ | 16 Jul 2012 | MoneyNews

Posted on 07/16/2012 6:12:15 AM PDT by Qbert

Americans cut their spending at retail businesses for a third straight month, as a weak job market has made consumers more cautious.

Retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said Monday. Consumers spent less on autos, furniture, appliances, on building and garden supplies and at department stores.

The drop in sales followed declines in the previous two months. Retail sales haven't fallen for three straight months since the fall of 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.

Some of the weakness in recent months reflects falling gas prices. But even excluding sales at gas stations, retail spending fell 0.3 percent in June from May.

Consumers are growing less confident in the economy and have pulled back sharply on spending this spring. Consumer spending drives 70 percent of economic activity.

The economy is expanding too slowly to lower the unemployment rate, which stayed at 8.2 percent in June.

Employers have created an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter — a third of the monthly job growth during the previous three months. And wages and salaries have barely increased, keeping budgets tight for those Americans who have jobs.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012issues; bhoeconomy; boycott; economy; obamadepression; obamanomics; recession; recovery; retail; retailsales; unemployment; unexpected

"Retail sales haven't fallen for three straight months since the fall of 2008"...

1 posted on 07/16/2012 6:12:21 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

unexpected, of course


2 posted on 07/16/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Qbert

Expected code for he is fuc^ed.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: Qbert

Double dip recession here we come.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 6:16:14 AM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: Qbert
0bama

Has made consumers more cautious

5 posted on 07/16/2012 6:17:17 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Qbert

Whenever news like this comes out early in the week, it seems like the administration bean counters (i.e. economic propagandists) cook up some ‘encouraging numbers’ to counter with later in the week - only to be revised later. If we truly had honesty and openness in government we would all have access to the raw numbers on a real time basis, and could do our own calculations.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 6:19:27 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Qbert

Check with Pelosi...she’ll have a solution.

Too many people ran out of unemployement benefits, doncha know?

They haven’t enough benefits to spend at the store.

Congress needs to rush passage and send to Obama a retroactive restoration of all the benefits people ran out of.

Problem solved.

/sarc


7 posted on 07/16/2012 6:22:32 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

Time for QE..At least the $10 loaf of bread will be in line with the price of corn


8 posted on 07/16/2012 6:27:42 AM PDT by lancium
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

"Whenever news like this comes out early in the week, it seems like the administration bean counters (i.e. economic propagandists) cook up some ‘encouraging numbers’ to counter with later in the week - only to be revised later."

Yep- and if that doesn't work, then they try to immediately change the subject (WAR ON WOMEN!, TRAYVON KILLED BY RACIST WHITE ZIMMERMAN FOR WEARING A HOODIE!, BAIN CAPITAL!!, etc.)

9 posted on 07/16/2012 6:28:07 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: lancium
Time for QE..At least the $10 loaf of bread will be in line with the price of corn

Wo cares, simple carbs are bad for you anyway.

10 posted on 07/16/2012 6:31:36 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: painter; Qbert
Double dip recession here we come.

Actully we are in a depression. Only food stamps and different accounting standards for unemployment from those used in the 1930s stop the people from noticing.

Obama is following Roosevelt’s template religiously.

Every time the economy has adapted to his lame socialist programs he says or does something new and unexpectedly stupid.

But Obama and the Dimocrats have something new and improved on the Roosevelt Template; a time released economic bomb namely Obama Care-new taxes and requirements set to go off every January 1 for years to come.

The economy will not improve until Obama is out of office and his time bomb is repealed.

11 posted on 07/16/2012 6:31:41 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Qbert
Don't mean sheet.
Romneys' tax returns are more important.
The year he left Bain too.
After all people in business got there thanks to ZERO. Just ask him. . . . . .
12 posted on 07/16/2012 6:33:00 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
You know the proletariat can't be trusted with real information. It must be carefully selected, processed, and spun for our uneducated masses. You just need to trust your ruling elite to make all those tough decisions for you. Remember, "it is for the children" and "it is for the common good" or even more self-interested "it is for your own good."

That's why we have those wonderful people deciding what kind of cars we should drive, how much water our toilets should use, what kind of light bulbs we need, what our kids should learn about sex, what we should do (and pay for) about the climate, how accepting we should be of illegal aliens, that you should wear a helmet or a seatbelt, that we should pick your doctors and coverages for you, etc.

Trust me, ignorance is bliss. Too much information is a burden. Why would you want all those numbers? Isn't math harder than playing video games? Freedom and liberty can be such burdens, you'd have to make all kinds of decisions, accept all kinds of potentially bad consequences. So be happy, don't worry, we'll take care of everything. You just leave those silly old numbers to us... :-/


I almost didn't put a sarcasm tag on that because for some Marxists/fascists in power in our Country these kinds of things aren't sarcasm - that's their plan.
13 posted on 07/16/2012 6:33:00 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I have a couple sisters believe what you just posted,and they are college educated.


14 posted on 07/16/2012 6:51:41 AM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: Qbert
Bad economic news is always 'unexpected' when a Democra's in office.

When a Republican's in office, good economic news is 'unexpected'. Not that the effing Press, New York Times, AP or the rest of them are biased, corrupt and blind to their favoritism... /s

15 posted on 07/16/2012 7:21:40 AM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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To: txrangerette
Too many people ran out of unemployement benefits, doncha know?

...........and it takes time to transition to Disability paychecks

16 posted on 07/16/2012 7:23:32 AM PDT by varon (Sleep sound, the Patriots stand watch)
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To: GOPJ

Yep. And who can forget the relentless attacks on the “Worst Economy Since Herbert Hoover” in 2006... when the unemployment rate was 4.8%?


17 posted on 07/16/2012 7:26:06 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

And now fuel prices are creeping back up, just when people were thinking it might be safe to take a vacation.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 7:36:16 AM PDT by pallis
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To: pallis
And now fuel prices are creeping back up, just when people were thinking it might be safe to take a vacation.

Gas prices always go up during holidays and summer vacations.

What is unexpected to me is that people have spent less on gardening supplies. Of course the numbers probably include all the high priced outdoor items like patio furniture, lawn equipment and decorative container plants. I would bet the basic gardening sales like vegetable seeds and spades have increased. It's also interesting that even with people still buying graduation gifts, June wedding gifts, cars for teens and packing your kid off to college expenses have not offset the overall spending numbers.

19 posted on 07/16/2012 7:54:22 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Qbert

Back to School shopping is starting and will continue for several weeks. It will be interesting to see how it fits in with things.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT by AceMineral (Will work for money.)
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To: Qbert
...who can forget the relentless attacks on the “Worst Economy Since Herbert Hoover” in 2006... when the unemployment rate was 4.8%?

LOL - the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN .... et al can 'forget' - odd how easy it is for them... must be the bias - or hatred.

21 posted on 07/16/2012 8:47:12 AM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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To: Qbert

Auto sales were a major component of positive sales data earlier this year. But the increased auto sales were not due to Obama-induced prosperity and income growth; they were the result of scrappage over the past 4 years and the high price of used cars, which was in turn influenced by the destruction of the used car fleet as the “cash for clunkers” program destroyed older but still functional used cars.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 8:49:44 AM PDT by Socon-Econ (Socon-Econ)
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To: Qbert

Can you say, “RECESSION”, boys and girls? Thanks, I knew you could, Barry.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 8:55:21 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Qbert
And who can forget the relentless attacks on the “Worst Economy Since Herbert Hoover” in 2006... when the unemployment rate was 4.8%?

Amazing, isn't it? That's all down the rabbit hole.

24 posted on 07/16/2012 9:04:53 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Qbert; TigerLikesRooster; BarnacleCenturion; edpc; 2ndDivisionVet; Cincinatus' Wife; M. Espinola; ..
Good news for Iceland . . .

Iceland Has Hired An Ex-Cop To Hunt Down The Bankers That Wrecked Its Economy !

Too bad that our corrupt politicos and especially 0 are not thinking this same way

25 posted on 07/16/2012 12:08:28 PM PDT by ex-Texan (The Time to "Wake Up" is Over !)
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The economy is expanding too slowly to lower the unemployment rate, which stayed at 8.2 percent in June.

So let's go back to welfare as we used to know it and get some of the unemployed out of the workforce!!

26 posted on 07/16/2012 9:11:03 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Qbert

Heh! You must be a youngster. Who can forget Clinton’s constant drumbeat in 1992 (when the economy was growing at 3.7 percent)...”the worst economy in 50 years.”


27 posted on 07/16/2012 9:16:44 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; Qbert

I correct myself... GDP growth during the four quarters of 1992 was 4.5%, 4.3%, 4.2%, and 4.3%!

“Worst economy in 50 years” — the MSM pushed it relentlessly and never questioned it. People swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Never underestimate the stupidity of the US electorate.


28 posted on 07/16/2012 9:18:46 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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