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U.S. In-Store Holiday Shopping Holds Up Despite Omicron

Shoppers wearing protective masks exit a store in San Francisco on Dec. 14. 

Shoppers wearing protective masks exit a store in San Francisco on Dec. 14. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The omicron variant didn’t slow down America’s holiday shopping this past weekend. 

Foot traffic to stores and shopping centers in the U.S. on Dec. 18 -- the last Saturday before Christmas -- rose 19% from a year ago, according to data from Sensormatic Solutions. The uptick occurred despite rising concerns about the rapid spread of the latest Covid-19 variant.