You’ve read all of your free items this month. To register, get added benefits and unlimited access to articles, Become a Member. Already a Member? Sign in. Advertising Age Article Abstract For Many, Holiday Sales Only Cheery by Comparison Retailers Expecting Up to 3% Growth Since 2008, Which Was Toughest Christmas in 40 Years By Natalie Zmuda, Published on January 07, 2010 2 Want more Access, Content & Connections? Upgrade to Membership. We are glad you are enjoying Advertising Age. To get uninterrupted access and additional benefits, become a member today. Become a Member Already a member? Log in.