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US retail sales look poised for a solid finish to the holiday season as warm weather and deep discounts encouraged shoppers to hit stores or go online to snap up last-minute gifts, according to the latest data.

Sales in the week ending December 24 soared 14.8 per cent from a year ago to about $44 billion (Dh141 billion), helped by Christmas Eve falling on a Saturday, according to ShopperTrak, which monitors traffic at shopping malls.

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Good weather also helped as snowstorms had blanketed some areas at the same time last year. Sales on December 26, a public holiday, soared 25.5 per cent to $7.1 billion, ShopperTrak said.

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