Vital Signs for theWeek of Dec. 26
U.S. consumers have gotten into the holiday spirit. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales this year are expected to be up 6% from 2004. That would be a decent performance considering all that consumers have faced during the second half of the year. Holiday sales may also get a boost from last-minute shoppers swarming the malls, as Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. The weekly chain-store sales data will shed light on how the holiday season finished.
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