• E Commerce as a percentage of all retail sales dropped 1.7% from Q3 to Q4 of 2020, the first time there has been a decline since records have been kept.
  • Retail employment year-over-year was down 3.3% for November but has held relatively steady for the past few months as the recovery continues.
  • In the Philadelphia region, growth in grocery spending has outpaced growth in total consumer spending by 18.6%.
  • Despite the severe economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, retail sales this year-to-date are only 1% less than the same period for 2019. Taking away food services, retail sales are nearly 3% higher year-to-date through 2020 than in 2019.