On Thursday investors will pour through same-store sales numbers hoping to find any sign of life in the economy.
There's some cautious optimism out there after earlier data showed consumer confidence rose ever so slightly in March. Investors are wondering if that modest increase will be enough to give the same-store sales numbers a small pop.
Of course, there are still plenty of factors that suggest the consumer is on life support at best. All you have to do is look at Friday's dismal employment numbers for that side of the argument.
And speaking of employment, if you go shopping you'll probably find fewer salespersons behind the counter. Retailers slashed 47,800 jobs in March and kept shuttering stores and eliminating sales staff.