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December Chain Store Sales comps increased by 3.5%,
slightly less than 2010. Combined with November results, Holiday 2011 sales were up
3.3%, a solid performance but less than the 3.8% sales growth generated last year. Boots,
colored denim, handbags, and luxury performed well while cold weather apparel and
sportswear lagged. Mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, led in electronics.