A very talented flash/flex developer at http://merhl.com/webdevblog/ posted this demo of a Flex dashboard for retail and online stores. It tracks site members by month, products by collection, wishlist and referrals and top stores by state. See the dashboard screenshot below, but definitely go to the interactive demo so you can try out the various controls. I particularly like the actions within the charting element in the upper right. You can select a chart via a drop down control and also toggle the view from a chart to a table. The line graph has a slider control so that you can move along the time axis. What is also neat is how the various parts can be enlarged, reduced and dragged around.
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