Analyst Predicts Robust Year for Retail

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Shoppers who deleveraged and saved during the recession will propel retail to a robust spending year in 2012, according to a new forecast from Customer Growth Partners here.

Retail sales will increase by 5.7% for the year, CGP predicted, saying it would represent the fastest year-over-year growth since a “bubble-inflated” 6% increase in 2005.

“The difference from the bubble years is that the growth we now se

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