All the talk right now is about retail sales and how much the consumer will spend this holiday season. For those interested, below we highlight historical monthly year-over-year same store sales figures for various retail categories as calculated by Bloomberg. As shown, department stores are struggling the most, with specialty stores not far behind. Both are at their lowest levels in the history of the Bloomberg indices. Discount stores and wholesalers remain positive, although they've started to decline in recent months. (click images to enlarge)
Below we provide October same store sales figures for a number of individual retailers. As shown, American Apparel (APP) had the best October, although the same can't be said for its stock this year. APP is followed by Pricesmart (NASDAQ:PSMT), The Buckle (NYSE:BKE), Hot Topic (NASDAQ:HOTT), and McDonald's (NYSE:MCD). Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) had the worst October, with same store sales down a whopping 20%. Saks (NYSE:SKS), The Gap (NYSE:GPS), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) all saw same store sales decline by more than 15% as well.