Local Post-Christmas Sales May Be Up From Last Year
COLUMBIA - Shoppers with hopes of after-Christmas discounts came out Monday to see what deal was. The National Retail Federation predicted that post-holiday shopping may be up after two years. It predicted holiday spending nationally will be at about $447 billion, which is 2.3 percent more than last year.
One shopper said she saw more people shopping this year. "I don't think we're in a recession anymore. I definitely saw a lot more people out," said Kim Massey, a Kohl's shopper.
A survey done by the NRF said that most Americans wanted gift cards this Christmas and Best Buy said it beefed up its post-Christmas sales to entice people with gift cards to spend their money.
"I came to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales and I got way more money for Christmas than last year," said Tanner Smith, a Best Buy shopper.
Another shopper said she saw a change in her personal finances.
"Last year, I didn't do too much shopping. But this year I think I spent more money," said Nicole Larimore.
Official numbers for how much was actually spent won't be out until sometime next year, but according to the NRF, it looks like shoppers worried less about the economy this year.