By  on December 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — Economists and retail analysts, working on the assumption that a “fiscal cliff” will be averted in Washington, expect modest growth in retail sales and stable consumer confidence in the first half of 2013.

As retailers head out to trade shows and regional marts across the country in the next six months, they face an uncertain economic environment, buffeted by uncertain government policy, a recession in Europe, a slowdown in Asia and a cautious but seemingly more confident consumer.

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