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Retailers trying to woo Christmas shoppers now

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Christmas is 99 days away but  retailers are trying to grab shoppers' attention early because sales are expected to be weak.

A new forecast from ShopperTrack predicts sales in November and December will rise 2.4 percent. That's the smallest increase since 2009.  

Other data also shows shoppers aren't ready to splurge yet. Back-to-school sales barely rose and Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, recently issued a weak forecast. Add to that Americans will have fewer days to shop this holiday season because Thanksgiving is late this year.

K-mart has already started airing holiday commercials and Wal-Mart and Toys R Us already released their lists of 'hot toys.'

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