Arkansas Retail Sales – 2021

The final data for 2021 are in: Arkansas Retail Sales soared in the spring, remained strong through mid-year, and ended with a fourth quarter surge.  On an annual average basis, Arkansas retail sales rose 17.6% from 2020 to 2021, compared to an increase of 19.3% in...

Arkansas Retail Sales – July & August 2021

The most recent information from our Retail Trade and Food Service Sales data show that consumers maintained a summer of soaring spending during July and August.  Compared to a year earlier, the July-August average was up 15.6% in Arkansas.  In the national Retail...

Arkansas Retail Sales – May 2021

Arkansas Retail Sales declined slightly for a second month in May, but remained well above levels of a year ago or before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Total Retail and Food Services Sales were down 3%, following a 3.4% decline in April.  The two monthly...

Arkansas Retail Sales – February 2021

When the national retail sales statistics for February were released, a downturn in consumer spending was attributed to a wave of heavy snow and bitterly cold weather across the country.  Arkansas being near the heart of that storm, it is not surprising that Arkansas...

Leisure and Hospitality Industries in Arkansas – 2020

Of all the sectors of the economy that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, industries in the Leisure and Hospitality category have been among the hardest-hit.  These industries continue to show persistent declines in sales and employment, with many...

Leisure and Hospitality Industries in Arkansas – 2020

Of all the sectors of the economy that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, industries in the Leisure and Hospitality category have been among the hardest-hit.  These industries continue to show persistent declines in sales and employment, with many...
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