Slow Holiday No Surprise

The 2008 holiday season has been dubbed “the worst in decades” for retail, and jewelry was no exception. Luxury has been hard hit by the recession, and jewelry took a particular pounding.Nevertheless, JCK's post-holiday survey found retailers that did better than expected. Jewelers in the Mountain region seemed best poised for the season.Rian Robison, manager of Goldsmith Co. Jewelers, Provo, Utah, said, “We were on par with last year. Utah hasn't been hit so hard with recession. We're a college town; our bread and butter are wedding sets. That's always great.”Some retailers said December was down but the year was up. “Things weren't great, but we got through it,” said Fred Peterson, general manager, Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers, Billings, Mont. “Down for the season [25 percent] and up for the year. We still did well with our bridal and engagement rings. No matter what the ec

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