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Holiday retail sales for November and December were up nearly 4 percent this year, keeping with the National Retail Federation’s prediction for the season.
Being a jeweler is reportedly among the least stressful careers to have in 2014, according to a recently released report from CareerCast.com, an online resource for job seekers.
Despite a shorter shopping season and bad weather across the country in the time leading up to Christmas, retail sales were up year-over-year this holiday season, according to data released Wednesday by ShopperTrak.
Retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers hit $46.5 billion in November and December, increasing 10 percent over last year but falling short of the $48 billion forecast, according to data released Tuesday by digital metrics firm comScore. 
Gallup Daily Tracking found that Americans spent $96 a day in December, the highest monthly average since September 2008 and the highest average for any December in the six years the company has tracked daily spending. 
While U.S. consumer confidence is improving, Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index still ended the year in negative territory, and Gallup said the federal government will need to learn to work together to boost it into the positive. 
National Jeweler’s final holiday poll showed that while many jewelers found Facebook to be an effective marketing tool this holiday season, there are still a percentage of retailers who aren’t engaged in social media at all.
Most retailers reported that the 2013 holiday season ended with sales up slightly or on par with last year, though a few noted that the average price point plummeted.
Despite a shorter shopping period and severe weather, early numbers indicate that holiday sales increased year-over-year, with jewelry cited as one of the season’s best-selling categories. 
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