Holiday sales rise 2.3 percent, online Christmas spending up 16.5 percent
from Los Angeles
Retail sales in holiday-related categories such as apparel, electronics and jewelry rose a "decent" 2.3 percent, according to a report from MasterCard SpendingPulse. The so-so upswing from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 improved on the same period in 2012 and was in line with expectations, researchers said. Overall sales from all categories swelled 3.5 percent.
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