AGENDA: Dec. 30 deadline to pre-register for Jan. 5-6 Long Beach trade show.
CIT TRADE FINANCE: Middle-market retailers cautiously optimistic for holiday.
Details on Industry Insight.
Total Same-store sales: down 5.8 percent
Full-priced stores: down 8.3 percent
Nordstrom Rack: up 5.8 percent
Strong categories: Designer apparel, shoes and accessories; women's activewear, hosiery and intimate apparel; cosmetics.
Best regions: Midwest, Northwest, South