By  on July 16, 2010

Despite the troubled economy, retailers are poised to put two consecutive years of back-to-school sales declines behind them, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Retail Federation said Thursday.

Measured against weak comparisons, b-t-s, the second-biggest volume period of the year after Christmas, is forecast to rise 5.4 percent, which would be the strongest showing since 2005, when spending was up 6.4 percent, the ICSC said. The 2009 season produced a 2.8 percent decrease.

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