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General merchandise shopping (Costco, WalMart, etc)  in December 2009 was up 13% from the same month 2008.  Overall December’s sales were only down 2.5% from 2008, but the above graph illustrates some interesting trends.

  • Auto sales have flattened, but are still down 25% from 2007
  • Possibly due to declining new car sales, auto repair and service sales are up 50% from 2008
  • Wholesale durables still down significantly from 2007
  • Grocery and restaurant sales are down, but have been fairly stable through the last three years.

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