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Jeffrey Greenberg/Getty Images

Pandemic lifestyles caused a slew of Americans to gain — or lose — weight. That resizing is helping drive retail sales up, as consumers adjust their wardrobes.

Driving the news: Levi Strauss' revenue last quarter grew 156% from a year ago, to $1.3 billion, the company reported Friday.

  • Levi CEO Chip Bergh cited the size-change phenomenon as an earnings factor in an interview with CNBC on Friday. "That obviously gives a good reason to go out and update a wardrobe," he said.

Why it matters: The pandemic has reshaped retail and apparel trends. We're only beginning to understand how some of those changes will impact businesses this year — but we'll know more after this earnings season.

By the numbers: In a March survey by consumer data provider NPD, 40% of women and 30% of men said they no longer fit into the sizes they wore last year.

  • Among those that reported a change, more went up in size than down.

This was driven by pandemic habits that tended toward either more snacking or more exercising, NPD says.

What to watch: With the economy expected to be completely reopened by fall, overall retail growth will slow from its recent clip.

Go deeper: Torrid IPO could spur more investment in plus-size apparel market

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Sep 17, 2021 - Health

Retail sales increase despite low expectations from Delta

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

Consumers defied expectations and shopped at an increasing rate amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

Why it matters: Several measures of consumer confidence fell sharply in August, suggesting consumer spending could fall during the month. In fact, concerns about the Delta variant's impact on the economy had prominent Wall Street economists cutting their expectations for Q3 GDP growth.

Updated 27 mins ago - Technology

Pandemic gave cover to online dating scams

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Crooked Casanovas used online dating scams to steal an estimated $500 million from lonely victims last year, according to a new analysis of government fraud data by Atlas VPN, an internet security provider.

Why it matters: The isolation of the lingering pandemic provided cover to fraudulent suitors who had an excuse for not meeting up in person even as they fleeced their would-be lovers out of gift cards, money — even cryptocurrency.

Updated 35 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Omicron is finally burning out — It's very difficult to get access to antiviral COVID treatments — Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbersAnother wave of death — FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly antibody treatments.
  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Navy discharges 45 sailors for refusing vaccine — Spotify to remove Neil Young's music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum — New York Supreme Court grants stay for indoor mask mandate.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker