The US fundamental reports show a rosy picture here. Strong employment , retail sales up ism up etc. I am in the auto aftermarket business and my wife is in the retail clothing business. In both our industry the distributors say business has been down big time since feburary . My brother is a manager at whirlpool in Indiana and there business is way down with layoffs also other factories. Could you make a comment about the state of your industry or proffesion since the beginning of the years stating increase business or a slow down . I know some business like medical or supermarkets dont get affected by consumer spending slowdown . Just interested to hear how others are doing in there own business or jobs.