April Showers Dampen Comp Gains
April 17, 2006,
New York — Heavy rains and tornadoes in parts of the country kept shoppers at home and away from the malls, putting a cap on early Easter holiday spending; same-store retail sales, while rising, fell far short of expectations, the Johnson Redbook Index reported.
The unusually strong 3.3% boost in sales during the first week of March, the analyst said, “reflected the transition form the negative to the positive side of the Easter shift. Easter falls three weeks later this year than last, so the expected bulge in sales around the holiday will be accounted for in April, rather than in March. It will make April appear stronger than April last year, and also much stronger than March of this year.”
Johnson Redbook Index
First week of April, year-over-year % change
|*Including chain stores and traditional department stores
Source: Johnson Redbook Index