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Lower gas prices, an improved job market and late-spending consumers could give retailers a boost as the 2014 holiday season comes to a close. 
On a weekend usually overshadowed by big-box frenzy, jewelry held its own in the days following--or, in some cases, on--Thanksgiving.   
Consumers will spend more than ever before on gift cards this holiday season, citing practicality as the reason they buy them instead of picking a specific present.
Analytics firm ShopperTrak predicts that Dec. 20, a/k/a “Super Saturday” this year, will overtake Black Friday as the top sales day in the 2014 holiday season.
Synchrony Financial is the latest organization to release its forecast for the holiday season, and it predicts single-digit growth in the same range as the NRF and Deloitte.
Shoppers are projected to spend more on others, less on themselves and pay the economy little mind this holiday season, the latest National Retail Federation survey shows.  
PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. said it expects holiday spending to decrease by 7 percent this year but offered retailers a number of strategies to drive sales and remain competitive this November and December. 
The most recent holiday sales forecast, released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation, predicts that consumers will spend 4 percent more this November and December than they did last year. 
U.S. small business owners are more satisfied today with their role as entrepreneur than they were at the end of the recession but also are less likely to see themselves as successful, a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup survey shows. 
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