Are surprisingly strong retail sales the result of QE/QE2; a more confident consumer; or...

|By:, SA News Editor

Are surprisingly strong retail sales the result of QE/QE2; a more confident consumer; or retailers getting smarter? Through October, retailers have kept the inventory/sales ratio down to a paltry 1.21, lowest in a decade, thwarting last-minute bargain shoppers, and allowing stores to win the yearly game of chicken.