Retailers Report Holiday Gains

NEW YORK — Retail same-store sales growth of 3.5% during the month of December indicated an “OK” performance that varied from chain to chain, observers said last week.

The International Council of Shopping Centers here, which tracked the results of 25 major retail chains, said same-store sales came in at the low end of its 3.5% to 4% forecast, acknowledging that its prediction of a busy final week of shopping before Christmas did not come to fr

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