For the week ended February 19, 2011, ShopperTrak’s National Retail Sales Estimate was $89.398 billion, up 5.4% from last week’s $84.805 billion, but down 0.5% from same week in February 2010. Shoppers finished off their Valentine’s Day shopping early in the week, and started to take advantage of President’s Day sales later in the week. ShopperTrak is expecting that President’s Day sales will drive the month back into the black when compared to February 2010. After this week, March will be rather uneventful sales-wise, as ‘Spring Break’ weeks (which vary by school and locale) will be the only drivers of shopping activity outside of the norm for the month. Easter falls very late this year (April 24th), and shopping for Easter will likely kick off in earnest in the second week of April.