Retail Jewelers Cautiously Optimistic About Holiday Sales Bumps



At the start of the fourth quarter, there’s one thing retailers want to know: Will Christmas sales be a lump of coal or a welcome gift? Although the fickle stock market cast a long shadow across the third quarter, retailers, manufacturers, and market watchers predict that—barring any unforeseen shocks to the economy—seasonal ­jewelry buying will give store owners a slight-to-good increase in overall sales for the holiday season and the year. As with most upbeat market forecasts, however, there’s a pinch of caution thrown in: Owing to higher material costs, sales are expected to i
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