august retail sales

July Retail Sales Jump, but August Uncertain

Retail sales were up in July, a rare bright spot among dim economic indicators. But consumers and investors being the way they are, the question on everyone's mind immediately becomes: Can August keep up the pace? We found out what the experts are saying.

Getting Smarter, Retailers Beat Expectations

Despite heat waves, penny-pinching parents and a weak job market, stores posted generally solid sales in August. They benefited from a sharper focus on inventory control, giving locals stores more say in merchandising and by using well-timed promotions.