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More discounts at US retail Christmas sales

But range of stock on offer has shrunk, say analysts

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...

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