Keeping this in mind, consider how the below 5 tips can help you kick start the New Year right and strengthen your retail efforts to make 2018 your best year yet. Mastercard SpendingPulse recently released numbers which showed that sales grew 4.9 percent over the 2017 holiday season. Know what this means? It means no more blaming the “retail apocalypse” for low sales numbers. It also means no more blaming the category you sell in, either.