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The Wall Street Journal Misses the Mark On Deteriorating Retail Sales

Takeaway: The reality is that things aren't as good, underneath the hood.

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 According to the Wall Street Journal:

 

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We disagree.

 

This story misses the mark on a number of levels. That supposed "rebound" in retail sales was on the headline number, +0.6% month-over-month. Auto sales were a major contributor to the uptick, +5% on a month-over-month basis. 

 

This only scratches the surface. What investors need to watch is the so-called "Control Group" within retail sales. This is the *all-important data set* that is a proxy for what's input into GDP. On that score, the data was decidedly bad.

 

  • The Retail Sales "control group" came in at +3% y-o-y, down from the peak of nearly 5% in 2015.
  • Meanwhile, the annualized quarterly average was remarkably slow, at +0.3%, down from 6.8% in the second quarter.

 

This amounts to a sizeable decline in a large GDP contributing data point. In other words... 

There's no "rebound" to be found.

 

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Global Economic Growth Has Not "Bottomed"

Takeaway: Many contended China's economy "bottomed" around April. We disagreed. Still do.

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Ugly import and export data in China triggered a global equity market selloff yesterday as investors feared a slowdown in global growth.

 

Now let's back up a bit. This past April China announced growth of 6.8% for the first quarter, down slightly from 2015's 6.9% reading. A slew of headlines and analysts came out of the woodwork arguing "targeted stimulus" would be the panacea helping to stabilize growth. The China "bottom is in," they proclaimed.

 

 

Contrary to mainstream media views, Hedgeye Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale wrote (on 5/2/2016),

 

"Our analysis renders us firmly on the other side of such hope that China accelerates from here and effectively resuscitates global demand growth enough to stave off continued macroeconomic and microeconomic deterioration in the U.S."

 

Here's China's (abysmal) trade data reported yesterday for September: 

 

  • Exports -10% 
  • Imports -1.9%

 

On the news, Dr. Copper (a commodity-market proxy for global demand) resumed its long-term bear market, trading back down to $2.11/lb (see chart below). Meanwhile, China's Shanghai Composite is down -13% year-to-date.

 

We reiterate our call that Global GDP (and cyclical demand) is entering its slowest part of the cycle (Q4 and Q1). In other words...

 

the bottom is not In. Not Yet.

 

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