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SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Joe Leibham will not seek a recount for last week's 6th House District Republican primary. The Sheboygan state senator lost the four man race to State Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes, which was close enough to ask for a recount that would have been paid for by local government units. In a statement made Friday afternoon, Leibham said he has contacted Grothman about his decision and wished him well in the November general election.  He adds he is happy of the ...

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Holiday season retail sales rose 2.5 percent: ShopperTrak

A woman shops for jeans at a J.C. Penney store in New York November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A woman shops for jeans at a J.C. Penney store in New York November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose 2.5 percent during the 2012 holiday season, helped by a late surge in store visits in the days right before Christmas, retail tracking firm ShopperTrak said on Wednesday.

ShopperTrak, which monitors the number of people walking into stores across the United States, said foot traffic also rose 2.5 percent in November and December.

"Heavy discounting by retailers at the end of December led to increases in shopper activity," ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin said in a statement.

In mid-December, after signs of slowdown in retail sales after the season got off to a strong start at Thanksgiving, ShopperTrak lowered its forecast, calling for sales to increase 2.5 percent from 2011, compared to an earlier forecast of a 3.3 percent jump.

The National Retail Federation, which will publish its holiday sales results next week has forecast an increase of 4.1 percent.

(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)