The latest survey from the Michigan Retailers Association says you and I spent less than they had hoped-for last month.

It was not a down month, but it was less of gain than July had been.

The MRA's tom Scott tells WOOD Radio the sales reports in this state have been like riding a rollercoaster all year.

He calls it "water torture" for the consumer as the newscasts keep talk of "government shutdown" and "attacks on Syria".

Scott it is hard to achieve retail consistency when the unemployment rate has risen for 3-months in a row in Michigan