Thanks to Free Money, Spending Has Fully Recovered Nearly Everywhere

Free money has led to a consumer splurge. Let's investigate with a pair of charts.
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Advance Retail Sales Major Categories 2021-04 Detail

Give away free money and people will spend it. 

Nearly every class of spending has recovered and some have surged to new heights.

What Free Money Can Do

  • Motor vehicles sales are at record highs.
  • Nonstore retail sales are just off record highs.
  • Despite work-at-home, gasoline has more than recovered.
  • Department store sales are just under pre-pandemic levels.
  • Food and drinking establishments are the one laggard for understandable reasons. 

Retail Sales Month-Over Month

Advance Retail Sales Month-Over-Month 2021-04

The month-over-month increases are interesting, 

There were three rounds of Covid stimulus: a year ago under Trump, then in January and March under Biden.

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What happens when the stimulus stops?

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