Retail holiday sales grew at the weakest pace this season since 2008, due to weather disruptions as well as uncertainty about the economy. The MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse said that sales in the two months prior to Christmas were higher by 0.7 percent versus last year, while analysts had expected growth of 3 to 4 percent. In contrast, 2008 sales declined by 2 to 4 percent, while last year sales increased by 4 to 5 percent.
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