If the economy is getting weak and consumer spending is threatened you can not discern it on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The sidewalk is so thick that it barely moves. There is a waiting line at the food court in the Water Tower shopping mall. A line stretches down ½ a block to get in a store to buy caramel corn.

In Atlanta on a Saturday you can barely find a parking space at Lennox in Buckhead. While true that these are the upscale side of retail, and may not speak to other shoppers, it is hard to deny your eyes. When you see these retail locations slow down you will know there is trouble.