Today I am in a haven safe from shopping: my office. But for those brave or foolhardy enough to venture forth, many eyes will be watching, from a distance.

Retail sales are one measure of an economy's health, and for the last two holiday seasons they have been soft. So far in 2010 things have been looking up for retailers. The National Retail Federation has forecast a 2.5% increase for the year - a solid number, especially with an inflation rate of nearly zero.

This year has been and will continue to be a recovery year for our economy - and the recovery will likely continue to extend to US financial markets.


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