- Holiday sales rose this year by 2.3% to easily top last year's 0.7% rise, according to fresh data from MasterCard Advisors. The mark falls short of the early projections from ShopperTrak and the NRF.
- Jewelry (ZLC, SIG, NILE, TIF) and children's clothing were two categories that showed strong gains.
- The shift to online channels was pronounced this year with mall traffic slow. Online sales for the holiday season were up at a double-digit pace, but also fell short of some forecasts.
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at CNBC.com (May 22, 2014)