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Nordstrom slumps, targets slashed after weak holiday sales

Shoppers enter Nordstrom’s flagship store in downtown Seattle. Nordstrom Inc. reported a  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The Seattle-based chain gave an update to its holiday sales that were seen as disappointing, prompting a number of analysts to lower their price targets.

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