ECONOMIST: STRONG YEAR AHEAD FOR RETAIL SALES

Retailers should experience strong growth in 2004, despite the generally disappointing holiday season recently ended, according to Frank Badillo, senior economist at Retail Forward, Columbus, Ohio, a retail consulting firm.During a conference call late last month to discuss holiday sales and the outlook for the new year, Badillo said, "As we enter 2004, it's time for retailers to be more confident,

Retailers should experience strong growth in 2004, despite the generally disappointing holiday season recently ended, according to Frank Badillo, senior economist at Retail Forward, Columbus, Ohio, a retail consulting firm.

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