Quarterly retail sales growth weak, but not unlike 2011:
But residential construction as a % of GDP growth, 5 year rolling, presents some interesting visuals:
As of Q1 2012, residential construction represented some 48% of nominal GDP growth, and including non residential structures, some 66%.
I do not know about “you”, but driving round Toronto is all about spot the crane! Really, have you ever seen so many cranes?