Special Guest Post by Everybody Loves Coupons: Winter Trends Bode Well for Spring Sales

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Retailers getting ready to roll out spring seasonal sections are feeling more optimistic now than they did in 2009 as sales trends continue to point toward a long-awaited recovery. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that retail sales for January inched up 0.5 percent to $355.8 billion, slightly better than the 0.3 percent increase that was forecast and an improvement over the 0.1 percent decline in December.

"This is decent news considering just how bad the labor market is," said Adam York, an analyst with Wells Fargo. "We had gains in most of the categories and the real strength was in general merchandise sales."

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