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People looking for good news have come to the wrong place nowadays. Retail same-store sales, according to ICSC, were October’s worst in 35 years.Luxury did terribly. Teen stores got hammered. Even discounters like Target and TJX Cos. had poor fairings.It’s not looking good for the holiday-selling season, unless you’re Wal-Mart, which posted a 2.4% increase. Even freaking Costco’s same-store sales dropped 1%, after a 10% downward beating at its international stores.We have a feeling we’ll be hearing the same news months from now when holiday sales come out. Is there anything retailers can do to reverse this process or are they doomed?

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