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Holiday Shopping Off to Good Start

The Christmas shopping season appears to be off to a good start. Retail stores are reporting sales figures that have surpassed expectations. Bill Stamps has more.


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According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, sales at American retail stores showed a nearly six percent gain in November. That’s the second biggest sale jump in four years and much better than the 3-4 percent increase that was expected.

Some say this is evidence of a sustained economic recovery as people appear to be in the mood to spend, some even spending for themselves. Houston’s Eric Jordan says he’s in better financial shape than last year and has already finished most of his shopping.

“Almost done. Well, I’m done with my kids, but I got a lot more people to get.”

When it come to gifts, electronics seem to get more and more popular each year. Anthony Daniels was walking in the CD section of Best Buy, but he admits the gift was probably going to be for himself.

“I’m from Baltimore so this is all new for me. I don’t really do a lot of shopping on Christmas holidays. So basically, I just enjoy coming up, but the best sales are after Christmas.”

Daniels may be waiting until after Christmas but the retail stores want people to buy now. The holiday shopping season accounts for up to 40 percent of their yearly total.

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