Interesting graphic from the Sunday Times Business section.

I am not sure if I would have chosen 2003 as the starting date — 2006 might be more dramatic (albeit shorter timeline).

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Shoppers’ Shifting Priorities

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changes retail

courtesy NYT

Category: Consumer Spending, Retail

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6 Responses to “Retail Sales Changes Over Time”

  1. jc says:

    Liquor & bars and restaurants are UP LOL. We need to dink our way out of the drecession!

  2. jc says:

    Auto dealers blip up due to clunkers I presume

  3. jc says:

    Dept stores look like a dying breed

  4. Onlooker from Troy says:

    They’re sure trying to spin sales at computer stores as a positive for some reason. But in fact they’re lower than at any time since 2003. So the rise above the baseline at the beginning of ’03 (which was the real start of the last recovery, effectively, not the Nov ’01 end of recession) is all due to that rise from the trough and it’s in a downtrend since the ’06 peak.

  5. Onlooker from Troy says:

    Indeed warehouse stores and department stores are mirror images of each other. Not hard to figure out what’s going on there.

  6. Seattle Chill says:

    The relentless decline of the department store really stands out as a secular trend. Let us toast the miserable, lingering death of the whole soulless mid-century commercial era, as best embodied by the utter failure of the “pseudo-eclectic corporate shopping mall as ersatz public square” concept.