Target says Dec. sales may decline

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Holiday sales reports aren't exactly showing good news.

Target, the nation's No. 2 retailer, is warning that its sales may have fallen this month.

Target says it expects comparable store sales for the five weeks ending January 5th to be between a 1 percent increase and a 1 percent decrease, a shift from the 3 to 5 percent increase the chain had forecast for December.

Target says an increase in store traffic in the third week of the holiday season "was not sufficient to compensate for the unfavorable traffic trends that carried over into December."

Meanwhile, Costco's chief financial officer tells The Wall Street Journal that the retailer has had "pretty good" holiday-season results so far.

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