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December 1, 2003

Lee County-- Many south Georgia retailers are thrilled with early Christmas sales.

The holiday shopping season is now going full tilt. Check out lines across south Georgia were busy with shoppers during Thanksgiving weekend. Wal-mart reported record numbers in the billions. That's not for the entire weekend, that's for Friday only.

If you went shopping this weekend, chances are you bought at least one gift that required batteries or a plug. At Wal-mart home electronics, small appliances and toys topped the sales chart and places like Circuit City were booming with high tech customers.  

Kim Massey is looking for a Christmas gift for her husband Keith at Circuit City. "We have to make sure it fits and it's the right one he wants cause it's his gift," she says.

The Masseys are spending a lot more on each other this year. "This is the new technology. He's looked online, he's thought about it and talked about it."

People are not holding back on high tech gadgets. Wal-Mart hit record single-day sales worldwide for post Thanksgiving Day. The popular chain sold more than $1.52 billion worth of merchandise. Up almost 6-percent from last year.

Wal-mart Cashier Taquetta Jones survived blitz day. "I don't know how much we made, but we were pretty busy that day. I love seeing crowd run in and everybody trying to get items."

We know Wal-mart measured up on sales, now lets go back to Circuit City. The Masseys finally found the perfectly sized gift. "I can fit anything in a stocking. You're stocking is not that big?" said Kim.

Many people skipped the busy shopping weekend and started checking off their lists today. The hot items at places at Circuit City are DVD'S and music. Stores that sell DVD's felt like strong new movie releases enticed more customers on Friday. Last week, X-MEN and Bruce Almighty hit the shelves.

The Wal-mart in Lee County reported a five percent increase in sales compared to last year's blitz day.

posted at 5:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com