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US Jewelry Sales Soared in May, Survey Finds

Sales were up 44.7 percent from May 2019.




Jewelry sales were up 203.4 percent in May 2021 compared to the same month a year earlier, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report.

Sales were up 44.7 percent from May 2019.

Total U.S. retail sales, excluding automotive and gasoline, increased 12.2% year-over-year in May 2021, and 10.2 percent compared to May 2019. Online sales in May grew 1.1 percent and 94.8 percent respectively, compared to the same periods.

Mastercard SpendingPulse reports that May marked the eighth consecutive month of total retail sales growth, excluding automotive and gasoline.

Total U.S. retail sales are expected to grow 5.5 percent excluding automotive and gas during the critical July 15 through Sept. 6 back-to-school period compared to 2020. Compared to 2019, sales are expected to grow 6.7 percent.

Mastercard SpendingPulse measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment.


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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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