Vital Signs for the Week of May 9

On tap: April retail sales and import prices, March foreign trade numbers, the preliminary look at May consumer sentiment, and more

Perhaps the consumer won't stay home all summer after all. Higher oil prices, slowing wage growth, and a general consensus that the economy was losing steam were among the various reasons why economy watchers believed households would keep their gas-guzzling SUV's in the garage and their money in their wallets.

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