This Week in Commerce: Inflation, retail sales, Albertsons earnings

Check out the calendar for April 10-14.

This Week in Commerce: Inflation, retail sales, Albertsons earnings

Welcome to a new week. A post-Easter burst of economic data will provide a picture of inflation and consumer demand as the second quarter gets underway. In earnings reports, this week’s snapshot of the state of retail will come from Rent the Runway and Albertsons.


Modern Retail DTC Summit: The retail news outlet gathers direct-to-consumer leaders in New Orleans for sessions on trends and shifts in this growing area of retail. (April 11-13)

Economic indicators

Consumer Inflation Expectations: The Federal Reserve of New York releases data on consumer projections for inflation for the year ahead. If this becomes high, policymakers will become concerned that inflation is becoming entrenched in the mindset of consumers. However, they have remained “well-anchored” during this last year’s bout of high inflation, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell terms the fact that they’ve held in relative moderation. (April 10, 9 a.m.)

Consumer Price Index: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data on inflation for March 2023. In the last several months, inflation has fallen back from highs seen last summer and fall, but the comedown remains gradual. (April 12, 8:30 a.m.)

Producer Price Index: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data on inflation for goods before they reach retail shelves for March 2023. Known as wholesale inflation, this metric is seen as a forward looking indicator of prices to come for consumers. (April 13, 8:30 a.m.)

Retail sales: The US Commerce Department releases data on overall dollars brought in by retailers for March 2023. Along with being a barometer on the health of the retail trade, this is an indicator of consumer demand. (April 14, 8:30 a.m.)

Consumer sentiment: The University of Michigan releases preliminary data for April on consumer expectations and buying plans, as well as inflation. In March, sentiment fell for the first time in four months. (April 14, 10 a.m.)


Tuesday, April 11: Albertsons, Bed Bath and Beyond

Wednesday, April 12: Rent the Runway

Friday, April 14: JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, PNC

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