Although retailers saw a modest sales uptick in the month of June, recent reports on the economy and the mood of shoppers suggest a slow recovery ahead. Kantar Retail, Columbus, Ohio, last week said its monthly ShopperScape survey revealed a pessimistic consumer outlook. The survey showed that shoppers' plans to increase spending during the coming four weeks decreased by 1%, while their plans to decrease spending rose by the same amount. And while shoppers felt better about job security and ...

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