Retail sales seem promising after Christmas

By Sherea Harris

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Christmas is over, yet the holiday shopping continues.
The pre-Christmas and post-Christmas sales have lured shoppers and it's paying off for the economy. Total spending for November and December could exceed 2007 sales, the best season on record. And the customers are the beneficiaries.

Brenda Adams said, "We've been out before the holiday, and now we're making up for things we didn't get before hand. I was waiting until they went on sale a little bit deeper than the cuts were before Christmas."

People are spending in an economy that's still uncertain. It may be the discounts that people still looking to stretch their dollar just couldn't pass up.

Whatever the reason, the after Christmas shopping season may help revive the struggling retail industry in a huge way as holiday spending this year expects to be at its strongest in at least 3 years.

"It's been really nice to see peoples' shopping trends, guys are more into fashion than they ever have been," said Chase Tubbs, the manager of Buckle in the Riverchase Galleria Mall. "I think it's nice to see the economy back in full swing. People are just happy to be out spending money again."

Some shoppers say they felt like the sales this year were better than last year.

The National Retail Federation predicts spending this holiday season will reach $451.5 billion, which is up more than 3% over last year.

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