Interesting what they show to get people to spend. Comparing April to May sales shows nothing, compare May to last May and you will see a 10.8% drop. Retail sales always go up in May, the weather gets better and more people are out doing things, leading to more spending. I think we are at the point where the data being released is being tailored to what people want to see. That way, everyone starts spending again and investing in the market, even though absolutely nothing has changed. It is patriotic to waste your money and pump it back in to the economy, remember? Fiscally responsible people are communists, and not to be trusted.