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In this short holiday season that’s quickly drawing to a close, retailers say that diamond sales remain strong, silver is doing well and Rolex watches are hot. Read on to see how sales at your store compare.
Despite the fact that the holiday shopping season is shorter and retailers were offering big promotions, consumers spending increased only slightly in the month of November, National Retail Federation data shows. 
Shoppers took a bit of a break after the Black Friday weekend, as sales and traffic at brick-and-mortar stores were both down last week, according to data released by ShopperTrak. 
The greatest percentage of retailers surveyed in National Jeweler’s recent poll said they expect diamond fashion jewelry to be their best-selling category this holiday season.
The winter storm dubbed Dion has been making its way across the country since late last week, dumping a mix of snow and ice on a number of states and interfering with any shopping that wasn’t taking place online.
ShopperTrak, a firm that has devices installed in stores to count the number of people coming in, said retail foot traffic declined 4 percent year-over-year this past weekend, a drop-off attributable to the Internet.
The total number of unique shoppers over the holiday weekend--counting Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Thanksgiving Day--was up 1 percent year-over-year while the average spend per shopper fell 4 percent, National Retail Federation (NRF) data shows.
The number of consumers who will purchase gift cards to give as holiday presents is projected to reach an all-time high this year, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows.
Even though a late Thanksgiving means a shorter period for holiday shopping in 2013, fewer consumers indicated that they will shop during Black Friday weekend this year, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows. 
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