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December 17, 2017

J:  On December 14, the Census Bureau absolutely blew away all analysts, forecasters and undoubtedly most retail executives with its phenomenal news on retail sales in November.  As the chart shows, total retail and food services sales hit a record $492.7 billion in No...

October 21, 2017

J:  By far the longest-running survey of the way that consumers feel about their economic position and the future are those that have been conducted since 1946 by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.  On October 13, they stunned all of us...

August 21, 2017

J:  In last month's blog on retail and food services sales, we wrote, "We expect to see significant increases in retail sales soon."  As the data released by the Census Bureau on August 15 show, it was already happening then!  (L:  That's kinda cool, if I do say so mys...