A shopper is reflected in the window at the Zara women’s apparel store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile last month. Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November as the biggest jump in department store sales in two years got the holiday shopping season off to a jolly start.
Dec. 15, 2010 in Business on Page A10
WASHINGTON – A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected. …