While Washington is putting the finishing touches on a stimulus package that was designed to bring the economy back up to par, create jobs, and boost weak sales numbers, it appears that the economy seems to be recovering on its own.

Here are some numbers that were reported today:

  • Retail Auto Sales (includes parts and dealerships): Up 1.6% in January, which is the first gain since August.
  • Core sales (all sales, with autos, gasoline and building materials excluded): Up 1.2% in January, after seeing a 1.7% decline in December.
  • Online and catalog sales: Up 2.7% in the month of January.

While these numbers only represent a segment of the economy, I can’t help but wonder how things would improve if we just waited a bit longer and thought out this stimulus package more instead of trying to rush it through both bodies of Congress.
 
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