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More discounts at US retail Christmas sales

But range of stock on offer has shrunk, say analysts

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Some retailers may be trying to compensate for greater discounting by charging higher initial prices, said John D Morris, a retail analyst with BMO Capital Markets.

New York

IF there is one sign of an enthusiastic shopper, it is this: A mother holds a baby in her arms so that she can push a stroller full of shopping bags.

And this week, signs like that seemed abundant.

Some of the year's steepest discounts are attracting unusually large