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The Week Ahead: Retail Earnings, Data Give Consumer Snapshot

Reports are due this week from a variety of retailers, from home improvement to apparel. Plus, inflation data, industrial production, and housing data.

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Jeremy Glaser: For Morningstar, I'm Jeremy Glaser and welcome to The Week Ahead.

We will get a snapshot on the state of the consumer over the next couple of days with both retail earnings and data. A broad spectrum of retailers are due to report including Home Depot and Lowe's, Wal-Mart and Target, Gap and L Brands, discounter TJX, and Best Buy. We'll be watching to see if the broad trends that we've witnessed recently--like positive results for the home improvement players but weaker numbers from apparel firms--continues.

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