Despite the more positive numbers, though, it was still suggested that consumers are curbing their spending in the wake of higher energy and food prices. Wal-Mart (WMT), for example, said sales of groceries, medications and flat-screen TVs boosted sales by 3.2% in April, reports Madlen Read for the Associated Press.
But apparel stores continued to be hit with depressed sales as people cut back spending for new clothes and take the cash to the grocery store or the gas station. The job market is also hurting consumers – there have been four consecutive months of net losses.
Among the ETFs trading lower this morning after the reports:
- Retail HOLDRs (RTH), up 2.4% year-to-date
- Consumer Discretionary SPDR (XLY), down 1% year-to-date
- PowerShares Dynamic Retail (PMR), up 0.4% year-to-date
- Rydex S&P Equal Weight Consumer Discretionary (RCD), up 0.6% year-to-date
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