How is the retail economy doing? Not bad, if elected officials stay out of the way

If you’re not quite sure what to make of the economy and how tightly you should close your wallet you’re not alone. Some data point to growth. Some data point to a slowdown. Some retailers are flailing. Others are optimistic. One retail trade association is among those looking at 2019 through a rosier lens. The National Retail Federation on Wednesday forecast that retail sales this year will rise between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion.