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US retailers get late shopping surge, boosting holiday sales

Cooling temperatures in many parts of the country probably helped drive a double-digit sales increase in women's clothing, which has been selling poorly for the past six months, Ms Quinlan said.

New York

A LATE surge in shopping and pent-up demand for women's clothing gave a boost to holiday sales, according to early spending figures.

US retail sales rose 7.9 per cent between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, excluding cars and petrol, with women's apparel and furniture...

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