Retailers are back in a selling funk.

On Monday, store executives seemed to be hiding behind fears of a grim season in the making, with December’s deep discounting so far doing little to spur gift shopping. Several declined to comment for the record on last weekend’s business, but there was a strong consensus that while shoppers were visible in stores, they remained hesitant to select gifts and more apt to buy for themselves, like Jimmy Choo shoes or other designer goods 60 or 70 percent off.

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