The risk sentiment remains under pressure after the comments by China about the countermeasures against the US tariffs. Thus, the AUD/USD and the USD/JPY pairs will be under our attention.
American retail sales are anticipated to top $3.8 trillion this year
This year American retail sales are anticipated to head north by about 3.8%-4.4% to over $3.8 trillion, as the National Retail Federation informed on Tuesday, referring to relatively high consumer confidence, soaring wages, and low unemployment.
According to preliminary estimates, retail sales managed to tack on by 4.6% last year hitting $3.68 trillion. The given outcome beat the retail industry group's estimate for a 4.5% leap.
In fact, the 2018 outcomes are based on Commerce Department data up through November, also come with NRF estimates for December because the agency was unavailable during the recent federal government shutdown and it hasn’t published December figures yet.
As some experts pointed out, more US citizens are working. What’s more, these folks are earning more money and their taxes decline, backing confidence.
Last year, a healthy economy along with soaring wages gave US customers the confidence to shop around and splash out on retailers' annual bargains in the holiday season.
The experts added that the number one concern is to ensure that the American economy keeps soaring and to avert self-inflicted wounds. They added that it’s high time for artificial issues such as trade clashes and shutdowns to tackle, and also to focus on prosperity and not politics.
The US current presidential administration’s tariff conflict with China has made a great number of retailers stockpile inventory from that Asian country for the purpose of avoiding higher levies, which might kick in this year.
Retailers have managed to diminish the impact, although retailers and customers would probably have to pay higher prices for some buying if levies on $200 billion in China’s products tack on from 10% to 25% on March 1.
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