US holiday retail sales growth weakest since 2008 | General Headlines | Comcast U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers' rising uncertainty about the economy. A report that tracks spending on popular holiday goods, the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, said Tuesday that sales in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent, compared with last year. Many analysts had expected holiday sales to grow 3 to 4 percent. Whats the problem America ,get off your ass and spend,spend,spend-If you run out Obama will give you more -In Obama world all we have to do is print more.