NEW YORK — Retail same-store sales growth came in at about 3.5% during the month of December — at the low end of expectations, observers said Thursday.   Kantar Retail, Columbus, Ohio, calculated a 3.6% sales improvement among 24 retailers it tracked, representing an increase from 3.1% sales growth in November and an increase over last December's 3.2% gain. The results showed consumers following through on intentions to spend more, although among ...

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