Retail Sales Fall in April

As a wholesale supplier of natural bath and body products to small retailers, I wasn’t at all surprised to read the news this morning that “Retail sales fell for a second straight month in April.”

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales fell 0.4 percent last month, much worse than the flat reading economists expected. The April weakness followed a 1.3 percent drop in March that was worse than first estimated.

Cottage industries like my own have taken a big hit in this recession. My clients are all lagging in sales, as am I. Which brings me to another piece of news…

I moved to Maine about 7 months ago, hoping to save some money living in an area that is cheaper to live than Los Angeles, where I had lived for nearly 19 years. Unfortunately my daughter has been out of work since we got here, and there isn’t much opportunity here for her, or me for that matter. I find for the first time in 12 years, I need to find work to help supplement my business income. So… I am moving again — on May 22.

I’ll be packing up and moving to New Hampshire for a bit to stay with friends and then the ultimate destination is Massachusetts.  The good news is, we’ll be back in home in Massachusetts in short time and I’ll be officially a constituent of my 2 favorite Senators — Kerry and Kennedy!

Stay tuned… I’m taking all this change in stride — it’s the next chapter in my great Mid-life Crisis Adventure, fueled by the recession!

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6 Responses to Retail Sales Fall in April

  1. kathleen cowley says:

    Cool! Come on home!

  2. Kathleen

    Yes, it seems that is now the plan!

  3. kathleen cowley says:

    You might want to be getting here in August, think we have a visitor or two coming!

  4. Where? The Vineyard? Might I personally know at least one of those visitors? If so (and you put me up for a night or tow) I will be there in a heartbeat!

  5. kathleen Cowley says:

    Absolutely! I’ve been emailing you- has it changed?

  6. Pamela Leavey says:


    Count me in – I’ll be down for that. I emailed you back the other day. The email link at the top of the page will get to me!