RETAIL SALES? GROWTH? HERE ARE THE UNITED STATES NUMBERS FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS. RETAIL SALES ex Auto JAN 2011 +0.3% DEC 2010 +0.3% NOV 2010 +1.0 OCT 2010 +0.8 SEP 2010 +0.4% AUG 2010 +1.0% JUL 2010 + 0.1% JUN 2010 0.1% MAY 2010 1.2% Economic Calendar: Financial Calendars - Yahoo! Finance UP OVER TWO PERCENT IN THE PAST NINE MONTHS. That is not even keeping up with the real rate of inflation. Retail sales are the money taken in. You would expect it to go up when the REAL Inflation during that time was way over Three Percent. Instead, it is less than the rate of inflation and thus Retail Sales are actually falling and failing in the US.