ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Retail stores across the country are prepping for the last major shopping holiday of the season. The day after Christmas is when many stores try to clear out their inventory to make room for new merchandise.
According to the National Retail Federation they predict sales from the last couple of months to exceed 6-hundred billion dollars, an increase of 4% from 2013.
JCPenny and Dillard's are offering huge savings for several items such as clothes, shoes and watches. Some items are discounted for more than 50% off. Stores expect to see one more huge wave of shoppers before the year is up.
This is also a time where many people will be hitting up shops to use their gift cards, places like Kohl's and Target will be opening up at 7 this morning so consumers can squeeze in extra shopping time.
So, if you are looking for holiday decorations, wrapping paper or gifts for next year this is a time to stock up. Stores will be offer steep deals especially for Christmas related items it can be marked up to 75% off depending on where you go.
Expect stores to be crowded today including customer service lines where returns will be a huge part of the checkout. Retailers expect returns items to reach 65 billion.
If you are not one to run with the crowds there are still ways you can take advantage of this time by going online. It's predicted that online sales will increase about 8% this season.