It’s time for an attitude change!

I’m an unabashed Ney York Yankee fan. If you’re a baseball fan you saw the dismal effort they put forth in the ACLS. From top to bottom the whole lineup went into a collective funk. The major topic of sport Talk Radio in New York is how does an entire lineup go into a slump at the same time? I don’t have the answer but I do think there is a collective energy both positive and negative that can affect an entire group. I think this same group think has happened in retail. Things have been bad for so long that it’s difficult to maintain optimism. Below is a reprint a website I follow to stay abreast of retail trends. The key number that caught my attention was not that September retail sales were up 5.4 percent over last year but that retail sales have increased 24.6 percent since early 2009. Does this mean the recession is over, who knows for sure. But it does mean we should change our collective attitude from pessimism to optimism. Share with this your employees to build positive synergy going into the holiday season.        

Reprint from Retail Customer

Retail sales have positive, unexpected September surge

Economic reports released this week show more signs of a gradual economic expansion in the U.S., according to an article on The Census Bureau reported on Monday that U.S. retail sales for September totaled $412.9 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent compared with August and up 5.4 percent year over year.

The report marked the third straight month of increasing retail sales, and the news sparked a rally on Wall Street, the article reported. 

The Commerce Department also revised retail sales for August up from 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent. The sales appeared to be broad-based, as no single category seemed to dominate the sales.

U.S. retail sales have increased 24.6 percent since early 2009 and the recession. Total sales actually are higher than at their peak before the recession. Retail sales over the three consecutive months suggest consumers did more to drive growth in the July-September period than economists had expected, the article reported.