NEW YORK (
) -- October same-store sales, which will be released on Thursday, are more important than ever as a barometer for the health of the holiday season.
As shoppers look for deals earlier, no longer can we measure the holiday season as just the November-to-December period.
Taking this into account, which of these retailers' October sales --
Abercrombie & Fitch
-- will hint at the strongest holiday season?
-Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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