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

|By:, SA News Editor

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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