(Adds market, analyst reaction) By Randall Palmer OTTAWA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The Canadian Christmas shopping season was surprisingly weak, according to Statistics Canada figures released on Monday, which heightened expectations the Bank of Canada will stand pat on interest rates for some time. December retail sales fell by 1.4 percent, much more than the 0.1 percent fall analysts had expected, and following a drop in November of 0.1 percent. The figures are adjusted for seasonal ...
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