Winners and losers from the June retail sales report
Jul. 16, 2020 8:52 AM ETThe Home Depot, Inc. (HD), LOW, KR, SFM, DKS, SPWH, AMZN, W, CHWY, ETSY, EBAY, BBY, ULTA, M, WSM, ETDM, XLY, RTH, VCR, IYC, IYK, EBAY, AMZN, IBUY, HD, BBY, KR, LOW, WSM, DKS, XRT, RCD, SZK, SCC, UGE, UCC, ETD, FXD, ULTA, RETL, SFM, FDIS, SPWH, W, ETSY, JHMC, ISHP, EMTY, WANT, PASS, CHWY, WFHBy: Clark Schultz, SA News Editor70 Comments
- Retail sales topped expectations for June with a 7.5% increase from May. The June tally was also up 1.6% from a year ago after gas and auto-related sales were stripped out.
- Categories that performed strong during the month included building material and garden (+17.3% Y/Y), grocery stores (+11.7%), sporting goods stores (+20.6%) and nonstore retailers (+23.5%). Companies that are likely a part of those strong sales include Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe's (NYSE:LOW), Kroger (NYSE:KR), Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM), Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS), Sportsman's Warehouse (NASDAQ:SPWH), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Wayfair (NYSE:W), Chewy (NYSE:CHWY), Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY). Laggards during the month included electronics stores (-12.7% Y/Y), health & personal care stores (-5.7%), department stores (-10.6%) and furniture/home furnishing stores (-3.5%). Those numbers don't look particularly great for Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA), Macy's (NYSE:M), Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) and Ethan Allen (NYSE:ETH).
- Even with large parts of retail opening back up during the month, the still-sizzling pace of e-commerce sales could be an indication that consumer buying habits have shifted even more dramatically (and more permanently?) away from the malls to the couch.
- As a whole retail excluding Amazon, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) has been even with the S&P over the last six months, with outperformance over the last month (10% vs. 6%). With Amazon, the VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (NASDAQ:RTH), it's comfortably higher against the broader market during the recovery rally.
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- Previously: June retail sales beat expectations for a second month (July 16)
- ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, FDIS, RTH, EMTY, RETL, IYC, IYK, FXD, WANT, UCC, RCD, SCC, PASS, UGE, SZK, JHMC, FTXD, IBUY, WFH.