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October 6, 2011

Despite ongoing concerns about the economy, retailers fared surprisingly well in September, helped by the tail end of back-to-school shopping and cooler temperatures.

October 6, 2011

Consumer spending remained strong for most sectors in September, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a macroeconomic report tracking national retail and service sales.

September 1, 2011

The apparel, e-commerce, grocery, and luxury segments all showed continued growth in August, as the hardware, restaurant, and automotive repair sectors returned to positive territory, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a macroeconomic report tracking national retail and services sales.

August 4, 2011

Apparel continued to show gains in July, while housing-related sectors such as electronics, appliances, and furniture remained sluggish, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a macroeconomic report tracking national retail and services sales.

June 2, 2011

Luxury, high-end jewelry and e-commerce enjoyed strong growth in May, as did the restaurant category, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, which tracks national retail and services sales.

May 4, 2011

Luxury, e-commerce and apparel enjoyed strong growth in April and the restaurant category surpassed last month’s gains, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a macroeconomic report tracking national retail and services sales. Electronics and appliance sales registered declines.

April 6, 2011

Most retail segments showed solid year-over-year retail growth in March, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a macroeconomic report tracking national retail and services sales.

March 2, 2011

Retail sales in February rose in most categories ranging from clothing to furniture, despite winter storms and rising gas prices, MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending in all forms including cash.

February 4, 2011

January saw strong growth across most retail categories, continuing the positive performance from fourth quarter 2010, albeit at a slightly slower pace, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse.

January 5, 2011

Retail growth in December sales was robust across many categories, further building on November’s positive results, with some performing at better than pre-recession levels, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, which tracks national retail and services sales.

January 3, 2011

U.S. consumers spent an estimated $36.4 billion in online purchases during the period Oct. 31 to Dec. 24, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, registering a 15.4% year-over-year increase over the 2009 holiday season.

December 27, 2010

A report released Tuesday by MasterCard Advisors said that increased spending in most categories produced a strong holiday season for retailers, with e-commerce and apparel faring the best.

December 20, 2010

A report released Monday by MasterCard Advisors said that retail sales through the second week of December generally continued November’s momentum, with several sectors recording moderate to strong gains.

November 22, 2010

Shoppers opened up their wallets in early November, providing retailers with some early holiday cheer.

November 2, 2010

A report released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors found that sales in most retail sectors posted...

September 1, 2010

A report released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors found that, in August, sales in most categories recorded a slight year-over-year uptick compared to the year-over-year performance of July.

August 31, 2010

A report released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors found that, in August, sales in most categories...

December 28, 2008

Preliminary sales reports for the holidays paint a bleak picture for the nation’s retail industry....

December 2, 2008

Retail sales contracted through Nov. 15, according to SpendingPulse, a report from Master Card Advisors....

August 5, 2008

Sales of clothes and shoes fell in July as cash-strapped consumers cut back spending further...

December 26, 2007

Retailers shouldn't write off the 2007 holiday shopping season just yet. Consumers are set...

December 25, 2007

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