I took the full retail sales figure for September and deducted gas station sales looking at the result from a year ago. I eliminated gas station sales because gasoline prices had been going up steeply. This is not a picture of an accelerating economy. Not a declining economy either.
I use Industrial Production as a proxy for GDP when calculating velocity of the M1 money stock measurement. This little decline is really disappointing to me after having velocity stop declining and flatten out. If this line would go up it would mean an accelerating economy.