Holiday Shopping Increase Expected

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EUGENE, Ore. — The National Retail Federation expects to see an increase of about 4 percent in holiday shopping this year. While the days leading up to Christmas are big – post Christmas sales also attract big crowds.

Despite the expected overall increase in sales, some reports say the days leading up to Christmas were less than stellar. That is why so many retailers are bringing out the big discounts in hopes of making up the difference with an after-Christmas surge.

If the volume of cars in area malls is an indicator, this post-Christmas season is off to a big start. But while many were there to return or change gifts, others were bargain hunting.

Holiday sales may run into the new year, but Dec. 31 might be the best day as retailers try to hit year-end numbers.

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