GOOD DAY FOR: Grinches, as analysts expect holiday sales this year to rise a miserly 4 percent, the smallest increase since 2002. Stores that cater to lower- and middle-income shoppers are expected to get his harder than luxury retailers. (
BAD DAY FOR: Peaceful commuting, as the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority said that subway riders will have cellphone reception in all 277 underground stations starting in two years. Out of consideration to beleaguered straphangers, however, the subway tunnels will not be wired for service. (The New York Times, free registration required)