WASHINGTON — Boosted by Thanksgiving Day specials and a robust online performance, retail sales were up 12.8% over the weekend compared with a year ago, according to a report by the National Retail Federation here. The $59.1 billion in spending represented a “phenomenal” increase, said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive officer, NRF, in a press conference on Sunday. While consumers are concerned about the economy and the “fiscal cliff,” he said ...

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