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Retail watch: Store traffic not improving as consumers eye late online pickups

  • The shopping lull right after the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period could be even more pronounced this year than usual, according to channel checks.
  • Consumers mired in deal fatigue and a blast of wintry weather across a good portion of the U.S. has kept store traffic below expectations.
  • It's not good news for a retail sector stuck with inventory it needs to move in the midst of a highly-promotional atmosphere.
  • The narrowed window for holiday shopping due to the apparent consumer respite could boost e-commerce activity. Watch the usual suspects: AMZN, EBAY, FDX, UPS.
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  • paulnj
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    This will force all retail to cut prices.
    10 Dec 2013, 10:07 AM Reply Like
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