Sure, it’s barely autumn. You’ve only recently sent your kids back to school and ordered your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. But for big retailers, the countdown to Christmas is already well underway. In the last week or so, we’ve begun to see a trickle of forecasts and news tidbits that offer hints about how the all-important holiday shopping season is going to shape up. Here, we round up some of the key takeaways. Read more at The Washington Post.