Retail Sales Rise As Supply Chain Holdups Spur Earlier Holiday Shopping

Consumer spending accelerated in October as shoppers kicked off the holiday shopping season earlier than usual due to the supply chain bottlenecks. Retail sales, a measure of spending at restaurants, stores and online, rose 1.7% last month, according to the Commerce Department. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting a 1.4% increase. The reading was 16.3% above year-ago levels. September’s reading was revised up by 0.1 percentage points to 0.8%. “October retail sales growth was led by holiday-friendly categories such as nonstore retailers (e-commerce shops such as and electronics stores,” said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at Bankrate. Read more at New York Post.