Consumers unexpectedly threw in the towel in 5 countries but the central banks and the IMF insist everything is fine.
On February 14, I noted US Retail Sales Dive, Negative Revisions Too. This will impact both 4th quarter and first quarter GDP estimates.
On February 22, Bloomberg reported Canadian Retail Sales Drop Unexpectedly.
"Receipts fell 0.8 percent to C$49.6 billion in the last month of 2017, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. It was the biggest monthly decline since March 2016. Economists were expecting no change during the month."">UK retail sales figures disappoint. The results were positive but barely.
"The volume of retail sales grew by 0.1 per cent month-on-month, far below analysts' expectations of 0.5 per cent growth in January, according to a poll from Thomson Reuters. On the year, sales were up by 1.6 per cent, from 1.4 per cent, far below expectations for a 2.6 per cent rise."