In its final verdict on the 2012 holiday season, the National Retail Federation said retail sales rose 3 percent to $579.8 billion and fell below the 4.1 percent gain to $586.1 billion projected in October.
The pace through 2013 is expected to stay about the same, with the International Council of Shopping Centers forecasting a 3 percent gain. Retailing continues to show signs of recovery, but its rate of improvement has been hampered by the ongoing economic uncertainties around the world and politics in Washington impeding progress on negotiating resolutions on tax reform, spending cuts and the debt ceiling.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)