Consumer Electronics' Tough Transition

As the business edges ever-more digital, some manufacturers and retailers are soaring, while others are stumbling along

Shoppers are acting like it's 1999 again. That's the verdict of retailing experts as they watch holiday sales take shape: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi is predicting a 4% increase in overall retail sales this holiday season from November through the end of the year, a rise that's being fueled by an economic rebound and low, low prices.

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