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Federated Department Stores


said Monday that holiday sales may be disappointing.

Wal-Mart said its December same-store sales were running at the low end of its expectations. However, the retailer added that it was counting on last-minute holiday shoppers to boost sales. Wal-Mart had forecast December same-store sales would be up 3% to 5%.

Meanwhile, Federated, the parent of Macy's and Bloomingdale's, said its sales for the November-December period would likely miss its target of flat to down 2.5%.

Federated also said it was difficult to forecast results because of an expected rise in sales in the final shopping days before Christmas and the postholiday sales period.