The good news: Prices remained flat in August. Except for food, but that was offset by a decrease in energy prices.
The bad news: So did retail sales. That's particularly troublesome, since the back-to-school push is one retailers count on to propel them from the doldrums of spring and summer into the holiday selling season.
As a result, anticipate you'll start seeing Christmas decorations side-by-side with the Halloween themes normally seen in stores this time of year.