The Silver Lining

I believe most Americans have a positive outlook. This morning's Wall Street Journal is a good example of the search for the positive out of the lousy economic times we've endured for 15 months. A lead story titled "Markets Approach Milestone Levels" stated that "... the outlook brightened following a string of reports showing signs of a pickup in the labor market, service sector, and housing." Looking for signs of a pickup in the jewelry business depends on who is telling the story. Retailers looking for a positive slant will tell you business is all right but not great. Manufacturers will flat out tell you business is awful. During the past 15 months there hasn't been much merchandise enthusiasm or excitement for retail jewelers or their suppliers. It's the result of the many negatives we've faced during this period. Our sense of stability has been shaken. O

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