By Kevin Grewal, Editorial Director at www.SmartStops.netNEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and so is Black Friday, which is the official start of the holiday shopping season and traditionally the nation's single busiest shopping day. Consumer spending has been sluggish during the Great Recession, and it's unclear whether it will pick up enough during the coming holiday season to give the retail sector the boost it needs.
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- SPDR S&P Select Retail ETF (XRT), up 93% from a March low of $18.27 to close at $35.17 on Monday
- Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRs (RTH), closing at $94.59 on Monday after seeing a March low of $61.26, an increase of 54%.
- SPDR S&P Select Consumer Discretionary (XLY), up 80% from a March low of $16.11 to close at $28.94 on Monday.