Retail sales wilt in August
September 4, 2002,
New York — With consumers unnerved by a spotty job market and an uncertain economy, and Back-to-School sales falling beneath expectations, same-store retail sales for all of August fell 1.7 percent beneath July's already debilitated level, according to the Redbook Retail Sales Average.
The August drop was substantially steeper than a targeted decline of 0.4 percent.
Department stores and full-price retailers were particularly hard hit during August, with sales falling off by 5.2 percent from year-ago levels, compared with a targeted drop of 3.4 percent. But even discounters were sharing the pain last month, with sales falling short of the mark. Discounter same-store sales edged up by 3.6 percent but missed a target of 4.6 percent growth.