Unable to resist posting this.
My evidence for my theory that optimism is the modern disease:
One of Britain’s most closely watched economic indicators has heavily overstated the quantity of high street sales over the past two years, the Office for National Statistics admitted on Friday.
Britain’s supplier of official statistics conceded that since the financial crisis began in August 2007, it has overstated the volume of retail sales growth by 56 per cent.
Well, i suppose there is always the possibility of hiding behind incompetence… and besides, it’s not like anything is based on the income generated from VAT, or measures of disposable income.