Sunday, November 27, 2005

Well, That Didn't Take Long

Here it is Sunday, November 28th, and by all accounts, Christmas shopping is booming:
Shoppers did not hold back this holiday weekend, spending a whopping $27.8 billion and setting the tone for what retailers hope will be a very merry Christmas, according to the National Retail Federation.
Typically, the New York Times has already identified the dark cloud behind the silver lining. Case in point:
As the nation's retail executives began poring over, and in some cases despairing over, sales receipts from the holiday weekend, one pattern became clearer: consumers mobbed discount chains, with their $398 laptops and 5 a.m. openings, but largely shopped right past other specialty retailers at the mall.
Is there any story The Times can't spin into "despair?"


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