Green Holiday Predicted

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, November 18 2007 Nov 18, 2007 Sunday, November 18, 2007 7:51:02 PM CST November 18, 2007 in News

With energy costs at an all-time high, many national retail stores are rolling out their red carpets, offering big sales before the traditional "Black Friday" sales kick off.

Despite the sluggish outlook for the big chain stores, local stores say they're expecting a green Christmas.

Elly's Couture says they'll start marking down prices next week to catch shoppers before they leave town for the holidays.

"As of November 1, we've already been a lot busier,' said Elly's Couture owner Elly Swetz.

Sales are a great incentive for bargain shoppers.

"Of course, cheaper is better," said shopper Taliza Crum. "But you just have to look at it, and bargain shop -- that's all."

The National Retail Federation predicts sales to rise 4 percent this holiday season, compared to the rest of the year.

Still, that's below the ten-year average increase of 4.8 percent for the holidays.

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