BAML: Ignore Latest Retail Sales Set BackMark Melin
If the economy is so booming, why did retail sales (ex-autos) decline -0.2% in February? Searching for the usual suspects to blame for unwanted economic data – the weather created a bad hair day, the sun got in consumer’s eyes – Bank of America Merrill Lynch looks at a seasonally consistent phenomenon: tax refunds. Causation for slowing retail sales being based on a one-time factor such as a tax refund results in the bank analysts not to consider this a trend changing event. The impact . . .
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