Holiday Retail Sales Growth Was Better Than Expected - La Times

As a result, it now expects the sales metric to be at the upper end of a predicted 2% to 4% increase for the fourth quarter. Other retailers followed Thursday, including Barnes & Noble, which has been struggling to compete with Amazon.com. The company said its revenue at stores open at least a year rose 1.7% during the holiday season as sales of physical books continued to stabilize after declines as more customers moved to e-books. Pier 1 Imports Inc. reported that revenue at stores open at least a year rose 8.2% for the five weeks that ended Jan. 4. It did not have a holiday sales forecast. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-holiday-sales-20150108-story.html?track=rss





Holiday Lights display put away until next season - News - The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN





Several volunteers gathered Thursday to tear down the Holiday Lights in Motion display. The illuminated array of holiday displays ranged from the religious to the secular; a Santa scene and an elaborate Nativity panorama; even a waving snowman. Shari Hittesdorf, co-founder of the holiday spectacle, said although the display is over for the year, the work is not. We definitely accomplished what we wanted to, which was to generate interest and hopefully the support will be there in the future, Hittesdorf commented. We are already looking at next year and setting priorities and financial goals. In addition, the displays will be worked on over the summer to make sure every light is working for next season, fundraising efforts will be ramped up, some of the displays for the Dick Ginn display will be worked on and more planning for the future will take place. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20150109/NEWS/150109790/-1/news