If the major suppliers of soft goods such as clothing and accessories to retail stores are a bellwether of the economy, then the coming months are looking to provide a jolt as 75% of these suppliers expect retail sales to significantly outpace the gross domestic product for the spring and summer shopping season.
According to the Global Retail Manufacturers and Importers Survey, the
vast majority of those surveyed believe that 2016 will either be better
(45.5%) than or the same (38.6%) as 2015. How much better? Seventy-five
percent believe that retail sales will grow by 4% or more, outpacing
core GDP growth. . . . more