Early forecasts for the holiday shopping season indicate sales and foot traffic will climb this year, with people spending more time in malls and visiting more stores — which could indicate more business for restaurants, say industry experts. In one of the first forecasts for the season, Chicago-based retail analyst ShopperTrak predicted this week that national retail sales will increase 3.3 percent during November and December, compared to last year, and foot traffic will increase 2.8 ...
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