Jan 01, 2001 Issue #17

Cover Story

2000 holiday sales fall short for retailers

NEW YORK -Too cold to leave the house and too strapped for spending money because of soaring energy bills, consumers' setbacks resulted in not-so-merry sales for retailers this holiday.That is, if you compare this year's holiday sales to last year's robust numbers."But (this year's holiday sales were) nothing bad," said Pamela Rucker, spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.