Retail reports filtering in over the weekend paint a picture of a Black Friday weekend that was stronger than expected, although weaker than last year. This appears to be the case for both brick-and-mortar and online retailers, with some particularly strong reviews for Best Buy in both channels.
This is generally better than I would have thought given confidence and sentiment levels -- not to mention recent market weakness -- and represents a meaningful positive from a macro perspective.
However, from an Amazon perspective the results may be more mixed, with reports noting strong growth in the 49% range from AMZN affiliated sellers but a big decline from 80% growth last year.
This trend was reflected on a high level with overall online sales up 24% this year compared to 30% growth last year.
While this might reflect some upheaval in the affiliate channel, note that AMZN's overall revenue growth last year was 36% and the Street is modeled to the high end of management's very wide guidance range at 40% growth this quarter
It remains to be seen if the Kindle Fire is enough to offset what appears to be a dramatic deceleration of affiliate growth. Meanwhile, Terrapin remains very comfortable with the consumer/Internet/retail trade: short AMZN ( quote ) and long on GOOG ( quote )along with BBY ( quote ) and GLW ( quote ).
Tim Savageaux of Terrapin Research .
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