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I’m back on dry land after a wonderful, extended Thanksgiving weekend cruise with three generations of the Larson family celebrating together. I’m happy to say everyone had a good time, turkey and stuffing were part of the menu even at sea, and the weather cooperated nicely.

Another side benefit: No madcap mall crowds to do battle with on Black Friday! The shops on board offered their own special deals. But I didn’t have to wake up at 4 a.m. to get them, or park halfway to Siberia.

That said, what kinds of early reports are we getting about sales volume and profit prospects? And what do they say about the retail industry’s home stretch?

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