Retail sales fall 3rd month in a row

Is it any wonder President Obama would rather talk about the non-issues surrounding Bain rather than the sinking economy? Reuters: Retail sales slipped 0.5 percent, the Commerce Department said on Monday. It was the first time sales had dropped in three consecutive months since late 2008, when the economy was still mired in a deep recession. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected retail sales to rise 0.2 percent. "Evidence is increasingly clear that the U.S. economy is slowing," said Jim Baird, an investment strategist at Plante Moran Financial Advisors in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The report adds to a spate of weak economic data that is raising pressure on President Barack Obama ahead of his November reelection bid. Republican challenger Mitt Romney is focusing his campaign on the weak economy that has plagued Obama's presidency. The retail sales report raised hopes the Federal Reserve could launch another bond-buying program to help the economy. U.S. stocks fell and the...(Read Full Post)