The recent comments from Home Depot that the worst of inflation is over could be seen as a positive sign for both retailers and shoppers.
Retailers could benefit from the fact that prices may not continue to rise and could potentially stabilize, making it easier to set prices and manage margins. It could also mean that retailers have more room to negotiate with suppliers in areas such as cost of goods as they would not have to continuously factor in the possibility of inflation. In addition, customers may be more likely to purchase items if they feel more confident about the prices they are paying.
Shoppers may also benefit from deflationary pressures generated by the potential stabilization of prices. If prices remain stable, shoppers may be able to purchase more products with the same amount of money, providing an increase in purchasing power. Additionally, retailers may be enticed to provide more discounts and sales to attract customers if inflationary pressures persist.