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Sales up for first half of holiday season, National Retail Federation says

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Posted at 9:23 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 21:29:58-05

Sales are up for the first half of the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. 

"Sales in November excluding autos, gas and restaurants increased 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted over the previous month and 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year," said a release from the NRF.

Online and other non-stores sales increased 0.6 percent. Sales at clothing and general merchandise stores were also up, the NRF said.

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“Consumers right now are getting great value for significantly less this holiday season given the deflationary environment that continues to impact overall trends in spending,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said.

Online sales were expected to spike again Monday, Dec. 14, also dubbed "Green Monday." It's typically the busiest day for delivery services and the U.S. Postal Service.