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First quarter reports from retailers are coming in, and many are bracing for a year marked by economic uncertainty. Inflation is easing and consumers keep spending, but they’re prioritizing experiences like dining out and entertainment. Discretionary goods are clearly taking a back seat.
Still, retail sales in the early months of the year have been fairly robust. At the time the team recorded its podcast — and still at press time – the White House and Republican Congressional leaders hadn’t forged a debt ceiling deal. Several economists warn that a failure to get that done soon could lead to the U.S. defaulting on its debt, and that could usher in a darker period for the economy.
In this episode of The Backroom, reporters Daphne Howland and Dani James discuss how the first quarter is going for various segments and what it means for the rest of 2023.
Editor’s note: This show was produced and edited by Caroline Jansen.