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Early signs point to a holiday season that was not nearly as merry as retailers had hoped.
Sales were down 3.4% compared to the year before, while the number of store visits plunged 16.4%, according to a report from analysis firm RetailNext.
Aside from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, spending came late into the season, the report found. Four of the five busiest shopping days fell within 10 days of Christmas, with Dec. 22 (commonly known as Super Saturday) surpassing even Black Friday.
Post-Christmas shoppers between Dec. 26 and the new year handed retailers a 12.7% jump in sales despite traffic into stores actually falling 8.5% as retailers got better at converting browsers into buyers.