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By Eric Roston

Good afternoon, and welcome back to the Griddle, a menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. Retailers are going to unprecedented lengths to make sure the Christmas season is as productive as it can be. Something's working: The National Retailers Federation projects a 3.8 percent increase in sales over last year. Some stores are extending their hours, giving customers an opportunity to engage in what might be called endurance shopping. Toys 'R' Us is keeping almost all of its 600 U.S. stores open for 112 straight hours. Some Macy's stores are going 83 hours without turning deadbolts, Matt Townsend of Bloomberg News reported today.

Almost a third of shoppers still had holiday shopping to do this week. They may need something to read. Here's the Best of Bloomberg Sustainability from this week:

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Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton
Foxconn Hopes to Replicate iPhone Manufacturing Success in Solar
Bad Roads Holding up More than Traffic in India
First Solar Never so Cheap in Takeover Boon for Energy
BP Solar Business Exit Counters Trend by Google, Buffett, Total
Record Coal Deals Whittle Targets as Prices Climb
Shale Boom Heralds Fifth Year of Gas Declines
Cornell’s $2 Billion Campus Fuels N.Y.C. Search for Tech Jobs
Quake, Tornadoes, Debt Crisis Made 2011 Relentless
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