The numbers are in: Retailers had the best holiday season in years

“Separately on Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department said retail sales grew 0.4 percent in December and 0.9 percent in November” reports Holiday sales grew in every retail sector except sporting goods, according to the National Retail Federation.The lobbying group had forecast holiday spending growth of 3.6 percent to 4 percent. “Whether they shopped in-store, online or on their phones, consumers were in the mood to spend,” Matthew Shay, president and chief executive of the NRF, said in a statement.

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