BofA: Soft Consumer Confidence Data Getting Ahead Of Retail Sales

The economic data has exhibited unusual noise recently, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report notes. Retail sales ex-autos, for instance, which BofA previously advised clients to ignore, has exhibited volatile month-over-month performance. But perhaps more noteworthy is the correlation divergence between “hard” economic data, such as retail sales, and “soft” data, such as consumer confidence. In unpacking what is behind the sharp rise in confidence, there could . . .


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