Retail sales proving immune to virus

WHILE RETAILERS were ravaged by mandated shutdowns during the earliest months of the pandemic, numbers have rebounded and holiday sales have been encouraging, according to industry groups. AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF CHIU
WHILE RETAILERS were ravaged by mandated shutdowns during the earliest months of the pandemic, numbers have rebounded and holiday sales have been encouraging, according to industry groups. AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF CHIU
Braving long lines, freezing temperatures and swarms of shoppers for the sake of holiday shopping holds even less appeal than usual in the midst of a pandemic, but retailers big and small are reporting strong sales numbers despite a still-raging virus and heightened restrictions. The National Federation of Retailers predicted a 3.6% to 5.2% year-over-year…

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