Wed. Jan 27th, 2021

UK retail sales stabilise; German confidence rises; Hong Kong shares surge – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

11.47am GMT

The improved CBI retail sales report could be a sign that shoppers will hit the high street with gusto this Christmas.

So argues Howard Archer of the EY Item Club:

The CBI survey offers the retailers genuine hope that consumers are prepared to loosen their purse strings for the critical Christmas period; and suggests that some of the recent lacklustre sales performance has been due to consumers taking a breather before splashing out over the festive season. The survey indicates that retailers are relatively upbeat about the Christmas sales outlook for sales with a balance of +21% expecting sales volumes to be up year-on-year in December. This was the first positive expectations balance since June

It also may well be that some consumers have recently held back on their retail sales, waiting for Black Friday price cuts and promotions in the latter part of November. However, the evidence of recent years suggests that Black Friday tends to have more of an impact in distorting the timing of retail sales rather than boosting them overall.

Improved #CBI #distributive trades survey shows sales balance up to 7-month high of -3%; balance of +8% of #retailers see sales good for time of year, Retailers pretty upbeat about December prospects. Much-needed better indication for #UK #economy for Q4

11.19am GMT

Confirmation that retailers are reluctant to invest:

Retail investment intentions for the year ahead fell for the sixth consecutive quarter and at a faster pace than last quarter. Wholesalers’ investment intentions, meanwhile, were unchanged from August, remaining at their weakest since the financial crisis #DTS

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