Over the River and Through the Malls

Strong sales are likely this holiday season, says a Deloitte & Touche poll. But costly gas and job worries may restrain some shoppers

This holiday shopping season will be a cheerful one. At least that's what consultancy Deloitte & Touche found in its 19th Annual Consumer Holiday Survey of retail-spending plans and trends, conducted Oct. 13-25. This year's report is based on a poll of 15,593 consumers and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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