U.S. holiday retail sales rise 3.0% – Mastercard report

FILE PHOTO: A woman carries Nike shopping bags at the Citadel Outlet mall, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Commerce, California, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

(Reuters) – U.S. retail sales rose 3.0% during this year’s expanded holiday shopping season from Oct. 11 to Dec. 24, a report by Mastercard Inc said on Saturday, powered by a pandemic-driven shift toward online shopping.

Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam and Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru; Editing by Pravin Char

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