Tougher Times for Mall Owners
Increasing employment and income data suggest that retail sales could accelerate even more from here.
Shopping center data hit new highs, auto sales broke all expectations in June despite strong headwinds, and pending home sales made one of their biggest jumps in the recovery.
A skills mismatch and lack of labor mobility could trouble the employment market.
Employment improvement, cooling commodity inflation, and lower interest on debt should allow consumer spending to sustain its moderate growth trajectory, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Retailers are right to expect a better November as consumers bounce back following Sandy and continue holiday shopping, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Some economists believe that recent, noisy data indicate a recession for the U.S. economy, but Morningstar' Bob Johnson says, not so fast.
Despite recent conflicting reports, holiday retail sales should manage decent 3.5% to 4% year-over-year growth once all the data is in, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Recent lackluster spending data suggest the consumer is not as strong as some may believe, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Why Morningstar's Bob Johnson is not the most optimistic guy on the street.