This past month, retail stores saw modest growth despite market turmoil. Analysts believe this growth is most likely due to increased consumer confidence from continued low fuel prices, increases in strong jobs, and income growth. According to the Commerce Department, sales both online and in stores rose 0.2%. Economists projected it to be at 0.3%, but if the volatile auto and gasoline industry are excluded, this goal is reached. Commerce overall saw an increase to 0.7%, up one tenth from the month before. We can expect the Federal Reserve to closely scrutinize the report as an indicator for consumer spending as it weights its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade.