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U.S. holiday sales better than last year: MasterCard Advisors

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(Reuters) - Sales during the 2013 U.S. holiday season grew from a year earlier as retailers used higher discounts and promotions to attract customers in a season with fewer shopping days, according to MasterCard Advisors.

Holiday sales between November 1 and December 24 rose 2.3 percent, compared with 0.7 percent a year earlier, data published in the MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report showed on Thursday.

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