with contributions from Sharon Edelson, Kali Hays, Vicki M. Young
 on November 24, 2017

Retailers are running on track with holiday business so far, anticipating a good outcome even as they know there is still a long way to go.

They’ve been buoyed by temperatures dropping in November, pent-up demand for cold weather clothes and accessories, consumer wallets being in good shape, and the conveniences and deals they’ve added online and in stores that they didn’t have a year or two ago, such as free shipping or BOPIS (buy online, pickup in store).

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