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holiday shopping season

Holiday sales at drug chains are lackluster

NEW YORK — Holiday sales at drug chains edged up slightly versus a year ago, as uncertainty over the economy left consumers wary of boosting their spending. Another crimp on sales growth was deep discounts. While retailers trimmed inventory for the holiday season to avoid having to clear out overstocks with price cuts, consumers were

Holiday sales at drug chains up slightly

Holiday sales at drug chains up slightly

NEW YORK — Holiday sales at drug chains edged up slightly versus a year ago, as uncertainty over the economy left consumers wary of boosting their spending. Another crimp on sales growth was deep discounts. While retailers trimmed inventory for the holiday season to avoid having to clear out overstocks with price cuts, consumers were

Optimism surrounds holiday shopping season

Optimism surrounds holiday shopping season

NEW YORK — Pervasive optimism over the economy and strong early online sales signaled a robust holiday shopping season. Economic growth, a lack of inflation, rising wages and low unemployment have buoyed consumers and augured a willingness to spend significantly through December. And while many shoppers are favoring online purchases, the general enthusiasm was also

Holiday retail sales edge up in 2015

Holiday retail sales edge up in 2015

NEW YORK — Drug chains were not immune to the shift in holiday shopping away from brick-and-mortar retailing. Holiday retail sales growth barely exceeded 4%, down from last season’s 4.4% advance and well off the 5.4% gain of five years ago, according to research by Racher Press, the publisher of Chain Drug Review. Same-store sales

Holiday sales get lift from late season shopping

NEW YORK — A late shopping rush on the weekend before Christmas helped put some twinkle in holiday retail sales, but the final results for the season seemed to fall short of the optimistic projections retailers had set back in early November. Drug chains, however, may have fared slightly better during the holidays than the