Perhaps we can credit the imminence of the summer solstice for the return of the consumer. More daylight equals more consumption. As economic axioms go, that might make a good one. What hasn’t been axiomatic this year is that people with money in their pockets will spend that money until their pockets are empty. The consumptive expectation that money not being spent on half-price gasoline will be spent on something else has not really played out that way. After being negative or flat for four of the last five months, we learned on Thursday that Retail Sales grew by 1.2% in May. Without autos and gas, that measure still grew by a relatively robust .7% and that’s made a lot of people feel better.