First of all, thanks to Chart Porn for all three of the charts in today’s posts. They're great mind-munching material, something to chew on as the holiday comes to an end and the return of school beckons/looms (depending on your personal view) around the corner.
The first is this one from AwesomeGood. The data is old, but the presentation is interesting. I would really like to see the information for 2008 and 2009. Regardless of the age of the data, we can see why retailers are always so interested in holiday sales.
The second is a series of graphs from USA Today. The index they've compiled would seem to indicate a turn in the economy. By my judgment, it is too early to tell whether the recovery has "legs". The components of the index are mixed, but they "pop up" if you select from the table to the right of the second graph.
After looking at both of those, it is always good to remember the difference between coincidence, correlation and causation. Hence, take a look at this.
The last graph reminds me of this comic.