NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Customer Growth Partners here on Friday said it expected pent-up demand and deleveraged shoppers to defy many forecasts and spend heavily during the holiday season. CGP said it expected sales during November and December to grow by 6.5% as compared to last year — the most rapid such growth since 2004 — and more than twice consensus forecasts calling for growth of 2% to 3.5%. The figures include all retail categories except for autos, gasoline and ...

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