This Week in Commerce: Shoptalk, inflation and Lululemon earnings

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Olaplex CEO JuE Wong (left) on stage at ShopTalk. (File photo)

Welcome to a new week. The first quarter closes out with a flurry of activity in commerce. Shoptalk will produce plenty of news on the latest offerings from platforms and retailers, and even more connections among attendees. Plus, watch out for key data on inflation and a look at holiday quarter results from brands like Lululemon and McCormick.


Shoptalk: The industry descends on Las Vegas for a massive conference and expo connecting brands and retailers for meeting and learning. Keynotes and panel discussions will feature leaders of Ulta Beauty, Olaplex, FTD, Poshmark, Savage X Fenty and more. (March 26-29)

Economic indicators

Retail inventories: The US Department of Commerce releases data on stock levels at retailers for February 2023. This is a closely watched metric at a time when many retailers are still working through a glut that resulted from supply chain congestion, then reopening in 2022. (March 28, 8:30 a.m.)

Consumer Confidence: The Conference Board releases data consumer buying conditions and expectations for March 2023. (March 28, 10 a.m.)

GDP, final reading: The US Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its latest estimate on gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2022, including data on consumer spending and inflation. (March 30, 8:30 a.m.)

Personal Consumption Expenditures: The US Bureau of Economic Analysis releases data on consumer spending and inflation for February 2023. Along with tracking consumer demand, this is the preferred inflation measure of the Federal Reserve. (March 31, 8:30 a.m.)

Consumer Sentiment: The University of Michigan releases its final reading for March on consumer expectations for purchases and inflation. To start the month, this measure fell for the first time in four months. (March 31, 10 a.m.)


Tuesday, March 28: Lululemon, Walgreens, Lovesac, PVH Corp., McCormick and Co.

Thursday, March 29: RH

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