Retail has actually gone up 1% in January than it did Holiday Season.
Can you believe that? I can. I've noticed so many stores with unbelievable sales, but being from a working class family with a single mother and on top of that being a job-less college student (this has to change..), I couldn't even take advantage of most of these sales.
Personally I think the prices went rock bottom so people wouldn't be motivated to steal, but that's just me!
If you're looking to see the exact percentages of how high retail sales may have gotten in different industries, check it out here