Leisure spending is at a six-month high; late-season travel, back-to-school spending propel growth.
When combined with revisions to July, August sales indicate a consistent improvement in consumer confidence and spending but run contrary to August's lackluster jobs report.
Seven in ten Americans support legislation requiring sales tax collection at the time of purchase. This represents an increase of six percentage points since 2013 and eleven percentage points since 2012.
The National Grocers Association and FMS Solutions today released the results of their joint 2014 Independent Grocers Financial Survey, covering fiscal year 2013. Independents' financial performance much mirrored the nation's economy, which showed modest growth and both ups and downs in consumer, financial and market performance indicators.
In August 2014, mobile devices generated 51 percent of all online retail visits, the majority of which occurred on Apple devices. In 2010, only four percent of all online retail visits were mobile.
Overall, U.S. retail online sales for August were up more than 11 percent as compared to the same period last year.
46 percent of shoppers who have unsatisfactory retail experiences do not let the retailer know and almost a quarter of these opt to shop at a competitor when they are unsatisfied with the cleanliness of the store, store associates, or the checkout process.
Young adults are especially interested in wearable mobile technologies that they can use for banking and making payments.
The greater the number of features -- such as mobile payments -- associated with a card, the greater the likelihood of customer retention.
Coupon usage is growing among back-to-school and college shoppers.
When it comes to protecting their personal and financial information online, consumers just might be their own worst enemy.
The U.S. Department of Commerce today reported that retail sales slowed unexpectedly in July, according to Reuters.
Just as quickly as consumer optimism surged in July, it plummeted in August, even as gas prices fell by more than 15 cents over the past month.
Overall retail spending growth was at its strongest levels in a year as nearly all retail categories turned in improved numbers.
Nearly 7 in 10 consumers surveyed strongly believe that digital coupons have a positive impact on a retailer's brand, and 68 percent also say that coupons generate loyalty.