xmas.jpg    It’s late September, the time of year when thoughts turn to … football? School? Picking out a Halloween costume? No, Christmas of course! It may seem early, but retailers are already putting out holiday decorations and getting ready to blitz the airwaves with an endless stream of half-off sales and early-bird specials.
    Welcome to the Reuters Shop Talk blog, where we will track the ins and outs of who’s buying what, where they’re buying, how much they’re paying and which retailers seem to be getting it right and which are pondering panic-driven clearance sales during the most important shopping season of the year.
    Check out the first two installments of our holiday preview (click here and here) for clues on what analysts are predicting for the November-December shopping season, and how electronics retailers are preparing to handle huge demand for flat-panel televisions.