Some retail stocks defy dismal holiday data (Reuters)

Shoppers walk with a loaded cart inside the Wal Mart store at Fair Lakes, Virginia on Black Friday November 28, 2008. (Larry Downing/Reuters)Reuters – Retail shares traded lower on Friday following data showing the first decline in holiday sales in at least 40 years, though some stores defied the trend as investors bet the worst news was priced into the sector.

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