In Sept., retail trade sales were virtually unchanged from last month and up 1.7% from last year. Motor vehicle and parts dealers were up 1.7% from prior month and up 8.8% from last year. Food services and drinking places were up 0.7% from last month and up 7.9% from Sept. 2014.
$MSFT said that with the company's annuity mix as high as it is, it can impact the uptick in the transactional business either way. The company's focus will always be making sure it has a clear road map for customers to make long term commitments through annuity.