Retailers Expected to Report Best December Since 2006

Confident consumers continued to spend up until the end of the year, putting some retailers on track to post their best same-store sales for the month of December in four years, MarketWatch reports. Retailers are expected to report final numbers on Thursday for the busiest month of the year, but already some retailers, like Barnes & Noble, have reported preliminary holiday results, revealing that spending was up 9.7 percent. Overall, research firm Retail Metrics is expecting December sales at stores open at least a year to jump 3.4 percent compared to last year.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus