What used to be a seasonal retail lament may emerge as a fervently desired holiday wish: After weak sales during the Black Friday weekend, music merchants say they are hoping that the holiday selling season will be saved by a "late" Christmas.

Rob Perkins, president of the Marietta, Ga.-based retail chain Value Music, is among those who anticipate belated yuletide blessings, something that he says the calendar plays into this year.

Christmas falls on a Thursday, instead of a Tuesday like last year. The additional two shopping days that week suggests "there will be an enormous last week where retail will recover some of the decline," Perkins says.

It's a scenario that industry insiders hope...

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