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First Read of Holiday Sales Could Put Retail’s Q4 Margins in the Hot Seat

As we settle into the new year, our Sourcing Summit Companion Report looks ahead at ways to optimize processes and performance.

The holiday retail season fell short of expectations as sales growth slowed noticeably from 2018, prompting questions over the health of the consumer and continued fears of a 2020 recession. Mastercard SpendingPulse shows total sales rose 3.4 percent, far short of the robust shopping season from the past two years when total sales in 2018…

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