Are weak holiday retail sales a sign of economic weakness to come, or merely a blip?

  • by: DANIEL WAGNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 6:46 PM

WASHINGTON - As signs emerge that holiday sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, investors are dumping retail stocks. Analysts are crowing about the missing "consumer engine" without which the economy may stagnate.

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