BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
In this morning’s data, Retail Sales increased 0.4% in August, more than the 0.2% expected. The increase was driven by strength in auto sales and non-store retailers. The Control Group, which excludes sales for food, autos, building materials and gas stations, increased 0.3% in August, matching forecasts. The consumer maintains their spending in August, amidst an escalation in trade rhetoric and following strong retail figures in the previous month. Given consumer spending comprises almost 70% of GDP, the economy should maintain its slow growth trend. Inflation readings earlier this week came in slightly above expectations, with the core Consumer Price Index, excluding food and energy, at 2.4% on an annual basis in August. However, this is likely not enough to change the Federal Reserve’s mid-cycle rate cut adjustments. In all, bond yields ticked higher following the report, with the 10-year treasury about 8 basis points above the 2-year. Equity futures are higher this morning heading into the market open.
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