US DATA: Redbook for Jun 18 wk says “Most retailers met plan for
the week. Father’s Day was a factor in bringing people into stores and
driving traffic and in producing a positive spill over into business in
other product areas. Men’s apparel and other typical gift categories
were strong as expected. Temperatures finally have warmed up to seasonal
levels and summer apparel was very active in both discount and
department stores. Consumer durables such as fans, air conditioners and
sporting equipment also had good results.”

Year-over-year: Week (w/e 06/18/11 vs year-ago) 4.2%
Year-over-year: Month (June 2011 vs June 2010) 3.9%
Month-over-month: (June 2011 vs May 2011) 1.0%