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Retailers optimistic about Holiday sales

November 30, 2004

Albany-- Many South Georgia retailers enjoyed a successful Thanksgiving shopping weekend. And retailers are optimistic that will continue.

The National Retail Federation says the weekend wasn't a blockbuster, but spending was up 4% over last year.

Workers at Staples in Albany say there was a big increase in the number of shoppers this year on Black Friday over previous years. But being prepared for all of those customers takes a lot of work.

"Friday was very strong. We had quite a few more customers in here than last year," said Pat Wilks of Staples. "We spent probably two or three days just in ad-prep for Friday, solely, nothing else. So we spent a lot of time to get it in good shape for Friday."

Experts say few people finished their gift-buying this weekend, so stores should be busy through December. They also expect us to spend an average of $20 more than we did last year on holiday gifts.

posted at 9:15AM by dave.miller@walb.com