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U.S. trade body warns Christmas sales likely to fall for second straight year

08 october 2009

Retailers hoping that U.S. consumers would open up their wallets ahead of Christmas are likely to be disappointed, according to the National Retail Federation which is predicting that holiday retail industry sales will decline for the second consecutive year, Antwerpfacetsonline reported.
The trade group forecasts a 1 percent fall in sales in November and December from the same period of 2008 to $437.6 billion. The main factors are consumer fears over job security and home values, the NRF reported.
Sales fell 3.4 percent in November and December last year.
A decline again this year would be the second straight year of sales following a period of rising sales since 1995 when the NRF started monitoring holiday sales. Over the past 10 years, holiday sales have averaged a growth rate of 3.4 percent.
Meanwhile, for all of 2009, the NRF forecasts annual retail industry sales to decline by three percent.
U.S. consumer confidence has been shaky and difficult to forecast following the onset of the financial crisis last year.
Last week, the Conference Board's key national Consumer Confidence Index unexpectedly fell in September from August.
The Conference Board said that consumers were still uneasy about the short-term outlook and their incomes.