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October 03, 2013

Shopping center group predicts stronger holiday sales in 2013

You might be just starting to think about Halloween, but retailers have been eating, drinking and breathing Christmas for several weeks now.

The latest evidence is the International Council of Shopping Centersâ;€™ holiday forecast released this week. The organization predicts holiday shopping will grow 3.4 percent, slightly more than last yearâ;€™s growth of 3 percent.

This isnâ;€™t the first national holiday sales forecast to come out. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the ShopperTrak prediction thatâ;€¦;

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