The Temple & Webster Group Ltd (ASX: TPW) share price has slipped around 8% into the red on Wednesday.
At the time of writing, the company’s shares are trading at $3.37 apiece, a shade above their 52-week closing low on 17 June. Earlier in the session, the share price hit an intraday low of $3.19, a fall of almost 13%.
Let’s see what’s going on with the online homewares and furniture retailer today.
What’s affecting Temple and Webster shares?
Investors have sold Temple and Webster shares down today on no news. However, economic data out of the US points to a softening economy and weaker consumer sentiment.
Similarly, the US goods trade deficit fell 2.2% to $104 billion in May. During the month, exports increased 1.2% whilst imports dropped 10 basis points.
In addition, wholesale inventories rose by 2% as US retail shares climbed higher throughout May, Reuters notes.
The US consumer confidence index, in blue, is plotted alongside the Australia consumer confidence index on the chart below.
The weakness in US consumer sentiment seems to have spooked investors in ASX retail shares during Wednesday’s session.
The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) has slipped almost 1% today.
Meanwhile, the S&P/ASX 300 Retailing Index is down 2%, paving the way for Temple and Webster shares to walk lower.
It was just last week when the company had spiked 11% into the green as investors went bottom fishing in the retail space in search of cheap shares with strong fundamentals.
Plus, the latest Australian retail data has shown we are still spending up, both online and in-store.
Retail trade rose 0.9% month on month and 10.4% year over year in May, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.
Alas, Temple and Webster shares continue their downward descent today, extending losses to almost 70% over the last 12 months.