Thrift Stores Sales Rise as Shoppers Look for Bargains (VOAnews.com)

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U.S. retailers suffered through their worse Christmas sales performance in four decades as consumers drastically cut back on spending in December. The holiday period usually accounts for about one-third of retailers' annual sales.

Amid deteriorating economic conditions, there is one group of retailers who are benefiting from bad times: Thrift stores, which trade in used goods. VOA's Chris Simkins visited a store in Arlington, Virginia, a few miles from the nation's capital.

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