Interesting article "Retailers try new survival strategies for 2010"
Retail sales are predicted to increase 2.5% in 2010 after a 2.5% decline in 2009.
Retailers try new survival strategies for 2010 - USATODAY.com
The situation surely will get worse. Government continues to grow and private sector unemployment continues to decrease.
It appears that the statistics are being manipulated. I can't understand how the unemployment rate decreased to 9/7% when the economy losts 150,000 jobs in December and another 20,000 lost jobs in January. Even first time claims are up 8,000.