Retailers are considerably more optimistic about their prospects for the year ahead than they were early last year, according to a survey conducted by SN. While more than half of all retailers polled early in 2010 said they expected last year to be about flat or worse than in 2009, retailers polled this year were much more upbeat — 62.8% of retailers said they expected consumer spending to be at least marginally better, with nearly 10% saying they expect spending to be “significantly” ...

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