Nov 2, 2012 8:19 PM by John Patrick
TUCSON - With Halloween long gone holiday shoppers are making their list and checking it twice.
With on-line and retail store sales occurring earlier and earlier each year so does the holiday shopping. Consumer reports suggest that Americans will spend more on gifts this year than last with a projected increase of 4.1% from 2011. In fact, as the economy slowly recovers, the National Retail Federation has forecast that holiday spending will be pushing $586 billion nationwide.
Luis Cello, a Tucson shopper, says that this year will be much better than last when it comes to crossing those gifts off his list. Cello explains, "I didn't spend anything last year but with a new job I can spend a whole lot more."
As the on-line shopping boom continues many are turning to the internet to do their shopping. The National Retail Federation found that nine out of ten on-line retailers surveyed will offer some sort of free shipping.
Maudie Bailey, another Tucson shopper, says she will take advantage of what the internet has to offer. Bailey says, "I can do it in the middle of the night, I can avoid the crowds and sometimes you get free shipping."
Bailey has been on top of her holiday shopping game already making several purchases this year in hopes to avoid the crowds. "If I see something that I say is perfect for somebody I buy it and stash it away," explains Bailey.
Even with the federation's findings of signs of growth some Tucson business owners aren't holding their breath. Chris Clifford, owner of NYS Collection Sunglasses in the Foothills Mall, hasn't seen a jump in spending yet but hopes people are saving for some last minute shopping.
Clifford says, "I'm not expecting a great holiday year, I hope I'm proven wrong. I expect a little less than last year and last year was a little less than the year before."
To read the entire report released by the National Retail Federation visit their website by clicking here.