With the economy still
uncertain, JCK’s Big Picture Monday
begins a weekly summary of economic indicators impacting the jewelry industry.
– The International Council of Shopping Centers: Sales picking up.
– A good omen for the retail holiday season: An
increase in shipments to stores by FedEx and Delta.
– Another good omen: More retail hiring
this season than last.
– And now, a not-so-good omen: Consumer confidence dropped in
September, according to the Conference Board.