January Retail Levels Up, Home Furnishings Strong

February 2006
Home Textiles Today;2/20/2006, Vol. 27 Issue 21, p20
Trade Publication
The article reports that overall retail sales in the U.S. increased by 2.3 percent in January 2006. The rise was caused by customers going to department stores and malls in order to look for bargains and to cash in their gift checks. Gift checks and post-holiday shopping have the tendency to shift sales from December into January. Thus, the 2.3 percent increase in January 2006 was much larger than the 0.4 percent rise in December 2005.


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