A Smattering of Economic Charts – Inflation Watch!

February 17, 2011

There is no doubt that there is inflation creeping into the U.S. economy. While manufacturing is gaining steam, prices are moving higher. At the same time, employment is continuing to be an open question as initial claims are stubbornly high.

Both the bulls and the bears have something to find in these reports.

The CPI is today’s “surprise” as the MoM rate was rather high compared to estimates.

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Retail SSS Sales – Details with HeatMap

December 2, 2010

There were some very hearty sales in November – on a YoY basis. The standouts include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and Zumiez (ZUMZ).

Aeropostale (ARO) looks weak and their earnings report from last night provided evidence that their are somewhat out of style.

Retail Same Store Sales 20101202