Overcast skies ahead

October 2005
Progressive Grocer;10/15/2005, Vol. 84 Issue 15, p14
Trade Publication
This article highlights the VNU Retail Index in the U.S. as of October 15, 2005. The index of sentiments about current business conditions among several major retail channels sank to 82.3 in September, its lowest mark since the Index was established in December 2003. Only 53.8 percent of retailers have positive expectations of business conditions six months from now while 14.3 percent have negative expectations. The Index for hiring expectations in the next six months dropped by about five points to 108.8, as did the index concerning store counts in the next six months, which declined to 95.8.


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