World US retail sales climb the most since June as stimulus boost ends losing streak
GOP Senator Pat Toomey says another stimulus would be 'inappropriate' because of the 'roaring' economy
GOP Sen. Pat Toomey said another stimulus package would be "inappropriate." Toomey said the "economy has come roaring back," despite a bleak jobs report earlier this week. Democrats are inching to pass a $US1.9 trillion relief package with stimulus checks in the amount of $US1,400. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Sen. Pat Toomey on Sunday said it would be "inappropriate" if Congress passed another stimulus package because the US economy is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic. "The economy has come roaring back.
- US retail sales grew 5.3% in January, the Census Bureau announced Wednesday.
- The reading beats the 1% economist estimate and snaps a three-month losing streak.
- Sales are a popular gauge of consumer spending, a critical driver of overall growth.
American spending at retailers rebounded last month as falling COVID-19 cases and new stimulus revived some economic activity.
US retail sales grew 5.3% in January, the Census Bureau said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected spending to climb by 1%. The reading snaps a three-month streak of contracting sales and follows a revised 1% decline in December. The single-month expansion is also the largest since June.
Amazon 'paying less business rates than retailers'
Amazon has been accused of paying less business rates tax than British bricks and mortar retailers. © Getty Images The online retail giant's recent financial results revealed that UK sales for 2020 totalled $26.5bn (£19.3bn) - a 51% jump from $17.5bn in 2019.Amazon added that its business rates bill for 2020-2021 came to £71.5m - just 0.37% of its retail sales.Researchers say this is far lower than what the retail sector typically pays.Amazon insists that it pays its tax and has created thousands of jobs in the UK.
The Census Bureau's retail-sales gauge is among the most important indicators for overall growth. Consumer spending counts for about 70% of US economic activity. Increased spending stands to drive more hiring and fuel an upward spiral out of the country's virus-induced lows.
Retail spending first cratered in spring 2020 as the initial wave of the coronavirus and related lockdowns halted activity. The $US2.2 trillion CARES Act and partial reopening in the summer fuelled a rebound, but the resurgence of COVID-19 cases through the end of last year saw spending slide from its September peak.
End of the tunnel
The Wednesday report suggests a similarly encouraging turnaround could be taking shape. For one, US coronavirus case counts crested in early January before tumbling through the month. Daily counts continue to fall across the country, prompting new hope for widespread reopenings in the summer.
Tesco tells Sunak 'hit online shops with sales tax'
Boss Ken Murphy has asked Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a "level playing field" when it comes to tax.Boss Ken Murphy has also joined bosses at Morrisons, Asda and Waterstones to ask Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a "level playing field" when it comes to tax.
The country's rate of vaccination also improved through the start of the year. The US administered more than 1.3 million doses a day on average at the end of January, up from less than 300,000 one month prior. At the current rate, it would take about 8 months to administer two doses to three-quarters of the US population, according to.
President Joe Biden reiterated in a Tuesday town hall that the US would have enough vaccines available for every American by the end of July.
Stimulus passed at the end of 2020 likely played a role in revitalizing spending at retailers. President Donald Trumpon December 27 that included $US600 direct payments, food and rental assistance, and expanded unemployment benefits.
Early data signalled the package immediately lifted spending, particularly among low-income households. US credit- and debit-card spending climbed through the start of January as direct payments and expanded unemployment insurance reached Americans, according to Bank of America data.
Joe Manchin Facing Pressure From West Virginia Officials Over COVID-19 Stimulus
Manchin has said he will support President Joe Biden's proposed stimulus package if it has bipartisan approval.Leaders in the city of Bluefield are considering writing to Manchin and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in support of the $350 billion the stimulus bill will set aside to help states and municipal governments.
Spending among stimulus recipients earning less than $US50,000 was 22% higher year-over-year in the second week of January, roughly twice as much as non-recipients in the same income tier. UI recipients' spending ran exceeded that of non-recipients after trailing before the relief package's passage, the bank added.
Additional relief is almost certainly on the way. Democrats continue to push forward with plans to pass a $US1.9 trillion stimulus measure first proposed by Biden in January. The package includes $US1,200 direct payments, another boost to unemployment insurance, and aid for state and local governments.
While the president previously indicated he hoped to sign a bill with bipartisan support, Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration are increasingly supportive of passing the measure through budget reconciliation. The process requires a simple majority for passage, meaning every Senate Democrat would need to back the measure to avoid needing any Republican support.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democratson the aid bill "later in the week" of February 22.
Biden goes to US heartland for support on massive economic package .
President Joe Biden is sidestepping a divided Congress and going straight to the nation Tuesday with a televised town hall in Wisconsin seeking support for his $1.9 trillion economic rescue package. With lawmakers reeling from the aftermath of Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal, Biden is betting that he can escape the partisan standoff by addressing ordinary voters at the primetime CNN event in Milwaukee -- his first official trip away from Washington as president.The White House said the live show will see Biden "take questions directly from the American people on issues they are facing every day, such as Covid and the economy.