Alberta to lead country in retail sales growth for Christmas

CALGARY — Albertans will lead the charge for retail sales growth this year during the Christmas period, according to a report released Monday by Colliers International.

The 2012 Fall Retail Forecast said Canadian retailers should expect their cash registers to work overtime to the tune of $34 billion in holiday sales, excluding automotive and gas. This represents an increase of 4.6 per cent in December sales volume of traditional shopping centre retail categories, relative to the $32.7 billion in holiday sales in 2011.

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