Any competent economic writer would have gone to any website that publishes financial information to verify that point. For example, I recently went to Morningstar and found the following:
You'll notice that there are annual figures for the chain. Notice that each column shows a higher number than the previous year. Those are called "increases" and they directly contradict Mr. Shaw's claim.
A moral writer would print a retraction -- or at least a clarification. But remember who we're dealing with here.