The Washington Post called this a "surge":
Retailers pulled off a better-than-expected holiday season as rising consumer confidence -- and a last-minute shopping spree -- pushed sales higher in December, according to results released Thursday.And the resultant two year change (two years takes in account the massive drop from last year) shows the strength remains in a tween retailer and discount stores.
For about three dozen of the country's biggest chains, sales at established stores increased an average of 2.8 percent in December from a year ago, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a trade group. Sales for the last two months of the year jumped 1.8 percent, compared with a record 5.6 percent drop in 2008 -- marking the strongest holiday performance in three years. The ICSC had forecast a 1 percent increase.
An improvement? Yes, but a 1.8% rise after a 5.6% drop doesn't qualify as a surge in my book.
Source: Retail Sails