Here are five charts illustrating the U.S. economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic
Existing home sales plunge in May, but Realtors think that was the bottom
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'The economics of fear.' Consumer spending sinks by record 13.6%.
Millennials 'killed' these products, but COVID-19 brought them back
of U.S. households have started or completed home improvement projects as a result of the coronavirus breakout.
As retails stores stay shuttered, quarantined Americans turn TVs to QVC and HSN
Existing-home sales slide to lowest level since 2010
Lowe’s is narrowing the gap between its chief rival Home Depot. Expect its surge to continue.
Walmart hires almost a quarter-million workers as sales soar
Home Depot sales rise 7% but higher coronavirus-related costs drag down earnings
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of U.S. consumers agree that they plan to cut back on household expenditures for the next six months due to the pandemic.
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Government orders alone didn’t close the economy. They probably can’t reopen It.
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Coronavirus could make the iconic department store a relic of the past
Two-thirds of U.S. full-time workers have had to work from home due to social distancing orders - and one-half are finding it somewhat difficult to be productive.
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March home sales drop 8.5% as sellers take properties off the market – and the coming months look worse
of U.S. consumers are expressing concern that the economy will be impacted long after the pandemic is over.
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Retail spending just fell off a cliff
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Walmart is quietly working on an Amazon Prime competitor called Walmart+
Macy's closing 125 stores signals 'more pain' for retailers
Instagram is changing the way people buy things
America has turned its back on big department stores
of recent movers purchased a showerhead, while 13% bought in a new faucet and 9% a new toilet (Source: KeyStat Connect℠ ).
Competition for housing is so high, the spring market is starting now
Thousands of retail stores are closing — so how is Dollar General opening almost 20 stores a week?
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Walmart, Target winning as Kohl's, Macy's stumble
People are staying in their homes longer—a big reason for slower sales
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J.C. Penney plots a comeback: Less clutter, more yoga classes
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of new first-time home owners plan a kitchen remodeling or redecorating project in the next 12 months, vs. only 13% of recent movers who are not first-time home owners (Source: KeyStat Connect℠ )
Home renovation spending slated to fall despite HGTV craze
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of Gen X remodelers find inspiration in HGTV and other home shows, while 1/3 of WWII generation remodelers visit stores or showrooms (Source: KeyStat Connect℠ )
The CEO of Ace Hardware explains how his company, which boasts more stores than Home Depot and Lowe's combined, is going all in on the 'do it for me' market
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Lowe's lays off thousands of store employees amid pressure to boost profits
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The Amazon-Kohl's partnership makes sense as online shoppers want fast, in-store returns
of Millennial households report having an Amazon Prime membership, compared to just over two in five Baby Boomer households. (Source: KeyStat Connect℠ )
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Almost three times as many first-time homeowners who moved into an existing house made a purchase at Home Depot in the past 12 months vs. those who moved into a newly constructed home (36% vs. 13%, respectively).
60+ companies led by Lowe's unite to launch 'Generation T,' a movement to fill skilled trades gap that is expected to reach 3 million job vacancies by 2028
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(33%) of consumers who recently completed a home improvement project visited stores or showrooms for inspiration, while 23% watched HGTV or similar shows.
JCPenney is ditching appliances and most furniture from its stores
U.S. government shutdown leaves data vacuum in its wake
BOPIS, retail’s latest acronym, makes the case for delayed gratification
Home Depot is rehabbing the shopper experience. Can other retailers do the same?
of U.S. homeowners completed a home improvement project in the past three months (Source: KeyStat Connect℠ )
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales hit another high, but it's not time to celebrate yet
Lowe's to get rid of Mexico stores in further restructuring
Walmart shoppers flock there for toys, groceries, boosting sales heading into holidays
Lowe's is closing 47 stores in the US and Canada
Amazon just upped the ante in the race for free holiday shipping
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Sales of new homes slump to nearly a 2-year low
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RVs and recliners are back thanks to millennials
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Online mattress companies defy age of online shopping by opening brick-and-mortar stores in Denver and across country
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Walmart offers a 3D tour to get shoppers to look, click and buy
Home Depot joins Walmart, others in installing lockers in stores for online orders
Home Depot sets $1.2 billion supply-chain overhaul
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Target makes a big leap in the delivery wars against Amazon, Walmart
Homebuilder woes are more good news for Home Depot and Lowe's
U.S. births dip to 30-year low; fertility rate sinks further below replacement level
Long kept secret, Amazon says number of Prime customers topped 100 million
Walmart gives its website a makeover in latest e-commerce push
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Retailers are hiring more people. One reason: Home renovations.
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Millennials and social media are completely changing how people shop for their homes
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Lowe's deepens its partnership with Sherwin-Williams in the paint aisle
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of those who recently moved into a newly constructed home are likely to buy area rugs in the next 12 months, and 59% are in need of a new vacuum cleaner.
While only 1% of homeowners overall bought solar panels in the last 12 months, 7% of those moving into a newly constructed home did so.
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Americans visited Macy’s (30%) or JCPenney (31%) during the last 12 months, while 26% shopped at Sears.
Older Americans have the travel bug – 47% among the WWII generation took a vacation out of state in the last 12 months, and 23% traveled out of the country.
Amazon is by far Americans’ most favorite place to shop, with 36% selecting it as their top choice, outperforming number two Walmart by a factor of 2.8 (13% say Walmart is their favorite place to shop)
of those living in the West of the U.S. agree the economy is better than last year, the highest rate in the country – agreement ranges from 35% to 37% for the other regions in the country.
(48%) of home owners did some sort of renovation or remodeling project on their home in the last 3 months.
of U.S. consumers report using a smartphone to search for information when shopping in the last three months, up from 36% just six months ago.
of U.S. households belonging to the WWII generation took a vacation outside of the United States in 2014.
of Millennials moved during 2014, compared to only 19% of Gen Xers, 9% of Baby Boomers and 5% of the WWII generation.
of Millennials had a baby or adopted a child in past 12 months, whereas 4% of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers had a child move out.
of Millennials say Target is their favorite store to shop, compared to only 3% among the WWII generation.
of furniture consumers say online research is most helpful among various resources
of WWII generation Americans made a purchase at Ace Hardware in 2013 compared to 7% of Millennials and 11% of Gen Xers
Online furniture purchases in 2013: How IKEA measures up
of Millennials used their smartphone or tablet to search for info while in a store (72%) in 4Q13 compared to 59% of Americans overall
Tablet purchases increased in 2013 over the previous year
of new movers purchased a full-size vacuum in 2013
of Baby Boomers have purchased something from Amazon in the past 12 months
Home improvement stores Americans purchased at in 2013
of binoculars purchased on Amazon.com are used for bird watching
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Millennials are twice as likely to have purchased a vacuum in 4Q13 compared to Baby Boomers
of new movers purchase a new refrigerator when they move
of new movers have purchased home décor products in 4Q13 compared to 43% of Americans overall
increase in incidence in large home appliance purchases from 2012 to 2013
New movers are nearly twice as likely (18% compared to 9%) to have purchased a new mattress in 4Q13 as the general population overall
Who used a smartphone to search for info when shopping in 1Q14?
of golf rangefinder purchases are made online compared to 21% of hunting rangefinder purchases