What to make of this?
I believe that the American consumer it's would be a mistake to think that the American consumer as down and out. The Consumer Metrics Institute produces a series of figures that tracks American consumer activity on a daily basis. The daily series shows a modest uptick.
Daily numbers are inherently noisy, but the monthly figures show a definite rebound in consumer demand.
For the final word, Nomura (via Business Insider) interpreted the retail sales report positively:
The control measure feeds into estimates for the consumer spending component of GDP and suggests a healthy round of spending to start the year. Lastly, our preferred measure of consumer comfort, the category of dining out, increased by a strong 0.6% in January. Dining out can be seen as one of the ultra-discretionary categories of spending that is typically the first place households will cut back on spending if confidence is faltering.Remember that we are in a central bank induced liquidity rally. Last week the BoE joined the party, this week it was the BoJ. Enjoy.
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