NEW YORK — Consumers continued their frugal ways last week, although Federated Department Stores was able to report a slight, and rare, upside surprise in its weekly sales report.

Federated upped its same-store sales guidance for the current month to between flat and down 2 percent. Previously, the parent of Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and other department store nameplates was looking for a 4 to 5 percent dip. Its December comparable-store sales fell 2.6 percent, better than its 7.4 percent decline in November.

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