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To: SoFloFreeper

What is so amusing to me (in a way) was that I saw several news clips during the Christmas shopping season. All of them were saying, “Sales are good” and yet the mall behind them was only sprinkled with shoppers. I said then... this season is going to be a financial bust for retailers.


4 posted on 12/31/2012 7:03:10 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree
I noticed the same thing...

Best bet is that retailers believed government forecasts for more holiday spending, increased consumer confidence and an expanding economy instead of believing their own lying eyes.

Judging fromt he parking lots and store activity over the past week, I'll bet Christmas for a lot of folks happened after December 25th.

6 posted on 12/31/2012 7:19:06 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: momtothree
Our local tv stations showed lots of shoppers, but if you looked closely, you didn't see much evidence of purchases (a shopping bag, for example). Now some people may have bought gift cards, but I thought many were just window shopping or just hanging around the mall.

Then there is a friend of line. She goes to the mall around December 24 just to see what she will pick up during the after Christmas clearances.

In the old days, winter items were gone by February. Last year, Macys and other stores were still selling winter merchandise in May. Last spring I bought a wool sweater for 90% off.

13 posted on 12/31/2012 7:48:20 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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