DELOITTE SEES HOLIDAY SALES UP 2.5%-3%

NEW YORK — Consulting firm Deloitte said it expects small gains in 2011 holiday-season sales as retailers face tough comparisons with a year ago and a frugal consumer under ongoing economic pressure. The company said it projects sales increases of 2.5% to 3% for the months of November through January at retail stores, excluding auto sales and gasoline. That compares with growth of 5.9% during that period

NEW YORK — Consulting firm Deloitte said it expects “small gains” in 2011 holiday-season sales as retailers face tough comparisons with a year ago and a frugal consumer under ongoing economic pressure.

“As many holiday shoppers will be researching online and on their smartphones both before and during their trips to the store, retailers need to be sure their digital strategy is both flexible and focuses on a personalized experience this season.”

The company said it projects sa

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