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Deals help drive strong January sales

A woman shops at Nordstrom store in Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The nation's consumers, enticed by bitter cold weather, shopped the winter clearance racks with gusto in January, resulting in strong sales for a diverse group of retailers. But analysts expect shoppers, particularly those in the low income to middle income bracket, to pull back in the weeks ahead as they digest rising gas prices and a new payroll tax hike. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS