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ICSC-Goldman Store Sales  
Released On 12/31/2013 7:45:00 AM For wk12/28, 2013
Store Sales - W/W change1.4 %1.0 %
Store Sales - Y/Y2.7 %3.0 %

Last-minute shopping together with heavy promotions gave a strong 1.0 percent boost to same-store sales in the December 28 week. The year-on-year rate of plus 3.0 percent is the strongest for the ICSC-Goldman series since October. The report notes that last-minute promotions were higher this year than last year, a plus for sales but at the expense of profits. ICSC-Goldman cites strength at department stores and discounters but weakness at electronics stores and apparel stores. It notes that weather was a neutral factor. For December as a whole, ICSC-Goldman's data, despite picking up in the latest week, point to flat results compared to November. Redbook, whose data have been trending higher than ICSC-Goldman, will be posted on the Econoday calendar later this morning at 8:55 a.m. ET.

This weekly measure of comparable store sales at major retail chains, published by the International Council of Shopping Centers, is related to the general merchandise portion of retail sales. It accounts for roughly 10 percent of total retail sales.  Why Investors Care

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