For decades, peddlers of medicine have used bright colors and flashy slogans to advertise their wares. These posters — from a collection of over 50 on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through July 31-- may not be particularly accurate, but they are beautifully designed.
Consumers spent more on gasoline, clothing and autos in April, pushing retail sales up for a 10th straight month.
But much of the gain came from a surge in gasoline prices.
The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.5 percent in April after a 0.9 percent increase in March. Excluding a 2.7 percent jump in gasoline sales reflecting higher prices, the increase in retail sales was a much smaller 0.2 percent.
Three more pieces of the economic puzzle were just released:
-- Inflation:The Bureau of Labor Statistics says wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in April from March, but were up a more modest 0.3 percent if you exclude food and energy costs (which economists do to gauge the underlying inflation pressures, not because they think food and energy costs don't matter).
In the past 12 months, wholesale prices have gone up a sharp 6.8 percent, BLS says.
There's more being reported this morning about what's said to be in notebooks written by Osama bin Laden. His writings, sources tell The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, add to the evidence that al-Qaida's leader was obsessed with attacking the U.S.
A German court has convicted 91-year-old John Demjanjuk as an accessory to the murders of Jews at a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The trial has lasted for 18 months; the elderly Demjanjuk attended court in a wheelchair or in a hospital bed. The AP says he refused the court's offer to make a final statement.