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Following “Black Weekend” In-store Holiday Shopper Activity Falls

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Chicago—Even if sales weren’t as mammoth as retailers hoped over “Black Weekend,” the annual holiday promotion did serve to bring in more traffic—and last week, following the Thanksgiving weekend event, sales and traffic decreased to “normal seasonal levels.” That’s the latest from ShopperTrak, a leading provider of retail shopper analytics. …

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Religious Symbols on Jewelry High on Holiday Wish Lists

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Tel Aviv—Religious gifts–especially symbols on jewelry are leading holiday sales–this year. Having tracked pre-holiday sales, U-Boutique Shops, a Holy Land Internet site, is promoting the artistic creations of small Israeli businesses and design studios to its overseas markets. The ‘Hanukkah Effect’ This year, Hanukkah begins the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. …

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Study: Thanks to Economic Turmoil, Holiday Shoppers Expect More Discounts

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Los Angeles—Economist have been saying consumers have been cutting back on non-discretionary spending, a fact reiterated by retailers, which overwhelmingly lowered their third quarter forecasts as a result. It’s a fact no lost on consumers either: 66% of shoppers say they feel retailers will offer better prices and discounts this …