A mild start to the winter season and modest holiday shopping led to disappointing results for U.S. retailers reporting December sales last week. Overall same-store sales growth of 3.2% among 60 reporting retailers was lower than the 3.6% composite gain reported last December, according to Retail Forward, Columbus, Ohio. The International Council of Shopping Centers, New York, reported an overall gain of 3.1% for December and 2.8% for the November-December holiday season. The ICSC index ...

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