Will Government Shutdown Grinch Steal Stores' Christmas?
Will the government shutdown be the Grinch that stole Christmas from retailers? It's a factor retail followers are pondering as they give their holiday forecasts. Jharonne Martis, director of consumer research at Thomson Reuters, questioned how a prolonged government shutdown would change retailers and consumers heading into the holiday season, when she issued the Thomson Reuters Same-store Sales Index estimate for Q4 late Thursday. Martis says