CHICAGO — Shoppers spent about $44 billion on general merchandise, apparel and accessories, furniture and other merchandise in the week that ended Dec. 24, according to ShopperTrak here. The results represent a 37.8% increase over the preceding week and a 14.8% gain over the corresponding week in 2010. Foot traffic increased 32.4% over the preceding week. ShoperTrak, which measures foot traffic in more than 25,000 retail locations, said December month-do-date figures are up 4.7% ...

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