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Retail Sales Rebound In July - Biggest Jump Since Dec 2016 On Record Auto Incentives

After declining for two straight months, US Retail Sales in July rebounded dramatically to a 0.6% MoM gain - the most since Dec 2016 - driven a surge in motor vehicles (record incentives) and department stores (more inventives?). Year-over-year saw upward revisions and a rebound to a 4.2% rise in July.

The last two month's declines in Retail Sales have been revised away magically and we have now gone 5 months without a decline...

 

Everything rose except clothing stores (-0.2%), electronics and appliance stores (-0.5%) and gasoline stations (-0.4%)

How sustainbale is this? Record automaker incentives and a desperate 'retailer'/department store business slashing prices to maintain some revenues?