Detailed recap of the 16.4% retail decline in April on TradingEconomics.com, with metrics on retail subsectors like furnishings, appliances, and apparel.

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ESA Car Keys | As the full-scale coronavirus shutdown began, the US auto market for the first quarter began telling the story of a wild ride ahead in 2020.

ESA on EHS | Year-over-year gains in the January 2020 housing market provide a positive sign for the beginning of 2020. The 5.46M SAAR for the year’s first month was a 9.6% gain over January 2019

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EHS | The US housing market ended 2019 on a strong note (+10.8 YoY for December). Here’s how that effects the 2020 local market in both up and down directions.

ESA Car Keys | 4Q auto sales declined 2.3% year-over-year, and the US market finished the 2019 year at 17.1M units, down 0.7%. This marks five consecutive years of 17M+ units sold. Consumers spent more overall on automotive purchases.

EHS | November’s housing market lifted year-over-year but declined monthly, with prices gaining again on ever-tightening inventory levels.

In August, three of the four major regions of the country saw a rise in existing home sales. As sales rose 2.6%, prices were up thanks in large part to continued inventory shortages.

Another mixed bag in the housing market for November as existing-home sales and average house prices rose, but inventory remained somewhat mismatched with demand.

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A troubled housing market can usually signal a looming contraction of the home improvement industry. Home Depot’s recent results demonstrate strong resilience to this trend.

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Great Graphs | US small businesses remain historically confident heading into the final months of 2018, as many economic conditions and measures remain solid.

Existing home sales in the US remained flat in August versus July, and down 1.5% year-over-year. Median prices continued to increase.