Retailers Are Kind of Depressed About This Holiday Shopping Season

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Stores weren't mobbed, but sales were better than last year's, which weren't tough to beat. Retailers are patting themselves on the back for not being as promotional this year, though they were still pretty promotional. However, if you really want a deal, shop after Christmas, when many stores will practically be giving things away to make room for pre-spring stuff. And if you really, really want a good deal, shop after New Year's. [WWD]