CNBC hosts and U.S. retailers are pinning their hopes for 4th quarter retail sales on the next 6 days. Good luck.
November/December sales were down 1 - 5% and more for high end items. Consumers have for the right reasons pulled in their horns and I don't see them splurging between now and New Year's.
I can't find it now but I read something this morning about the sale of men's bras taking off in Japan. A killer new product like that would really help things out over here.