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ICSC-Goldman Store Sales  
Released On 1/7/2014 7:45:00 AM For wk1/4, 2014
Store Sales - W/W change1.0 %-5.4 %
Store Sales - Y/Y3.0 %1.7 %

Frigid weather in the Midwest and Northeast, together with statistical noise at year end, made for a very steep 5.4 percent decline in same-store sales in the January 4 week, this despite heavy promotions at most stores. The week's year-on-year rate for ICSC-Goldman's sample fell almost in half, to plus 1.7 percent vs 3.0 percent in the prior week. The report notes that only grocery stores and online retailers posted solid sales in the week.

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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