US Retail Sales Increase as Holiday Shopping Season Begins

It’s a Monday full of questions. What will Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) tell its shareholders in London? Does the credit crunch get worse this week? Will Labor’s landslide have any effect on Australia’s 16-year boom? And how many more stupid names can the American press come up with to describe the shopping season?

Friday was “Black Friday” in the States. It’s the day retailers are supposed to get into the “black” and start making heaps of money from the holiday shopping season. According to the people who claim to know these things, Friday sales in the US were up 8.3% to US$10.3 billion on the day. The Friday/Saturday take of US$16.4 billion was 7.2% than last year.

Presumably everyone feels 8.3% richer and 7.2% happier today, which, incidentally, is “cyber Monday”. Stay home and buy something today to show your solidarity with America.

The Dow made an unusually strong move for a traditionally lethargic session on Friday. It closed up nearly 200 points. Still, the drumbeat of nasty headlines is getting louder. “Mortgage failures could create nightmare,” reports the AP. “Wake up to the dangers of a deepening crisis,” warns the FT. “Subprime mess to worsen,” states the Wall Street Journal.

Dan Denning
Markets and Money

Dan Denning
Dan Denning examines the geopolitical and economic events that can affect your investments domestically. He raises the questions you need to answer, in order to survive financially in these turbulent times.

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