Shoppers disappoint retailers this holiday season

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Shoppers walk past a Paris store decorated for Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Across Europe, holiday "shoppers" this season are doing more browsing than buying. In Rome, some shop for their Christmas presents in sales throughout the year. In Paris, refurbished second-hand toys are attracting buyers. Retailers remain hopeful for a last-minute burst of Christmas consumerism, and some governments are encouraging it by allowing stores to open on Sunday. But with economies across the region slowing and unemployment soaring, analysts say holiday spending in Europe is bound to disappoint for the fourth year in a row. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by