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Shop early and expect to pay more: Supply-chain issues could be a stumbling block to upbeat holiday shopping forecasts

Companies and analysts have been on the lookout for supply chain impacts on the holiday season for months

Holiday spending is expected to grow this year, but supply-chain issues are putting pressure on companies to deliver the goods.

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Shoppers are preparing to spend to celebrate the holidays, but whether they can find what they’re looking for has yet to be seen.

Holiday retail-sales forecasts have started rolling in, with Deloitte expecting sales to grow 7% to 9% from a year ago, totaling between $1.28 trillion and $1.3 trillion. Mastercard SpendingPulse MA is forecasting a 7.4% retail-sales rise for the season, excluding automobiles and gas.

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