Retail Sales Friday, Feb. 11, 8:30 A.M.
Retail sales probably were flat in January, as the record cold temperatures in the East and the California earthquake kept shoppers at home. Car buying likely fell back after a strong fourth quarter. So excluding cars, store receipts probably rose 0.3% last month. In December, total retail sales surged 0.8%, and non-auto purchases increased 0.7%.