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Merrimack Valley

December 27, 2012

Post-Christmas rush

It was a busy day after Christmas at the malls and shopping centers with many people looking for bargains and others seeking to return items received as gifts.

Retailers nationwide reported lackluster sales during the holiday shopping season, falling below state and national groups’ expectations, according to analysts.

Store owners hope the final week of the year will boost sales slightly as shoppers head back to the stores to exchange gifts, shop with gift cards and take advantage of sales.

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