With 135 million Americans shopping at Wal-Mart every week, the retail giant's shoppers offer a revealing window into U.S. buying trends. But while consumer spending has fallen overall, Wal-Mart has seen sales of its discount items increase recently.
The retailer's surveys reveal what it calls "significant" changes in the consumer's condition.
Those changes were crystal clear in last week's government report on the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy's health. It fell...Full Story