Recession-stung stores plan old-fashioned holidays

Stores are turning back the clock, conjuring images of hearth and home as they stock their holiday merchandise. Retailers
hope embracing holiday traditions from cozier times will tempt recession-weary consumers to open their wallets in a season
expected to show flat sales at best.

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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple
that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that
continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the
worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.

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