The following chart shows the monthly growth in inflation adjusted retail sales.
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You can blame the trend line in red on the hurricane if you like, but blaming the overall slope of the blue trend line on the hurricane will be a lot more difficult.
In any event, the trends are not our friends. If they continue then it is only a matter of time before we're knee-deep in a recession again.
St. Louis Fed: Real Retail and Food Services Sales
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