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Pre-Christmas Shopping More A Trickle Than A Flood

Retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts, thanks, in part, to online rivals, led by Amazon. Super Saturday — the last pre-Christmas Saturday (on Dec. 20 this year) — didn't save the slow gift-buying season, which included a disappointing Black Friday. "The past weekend will not save this holiday season," said Craig Johnson, president of the retail and consumer product-oriented private equity fund Customer Growth Partners. "But combined with online sales, it would certainly save the year from being a dismal one."

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