It looks like Missouri stores have been extra busy this holiday season. Dave Overfelt of the Missouri Retailers Association says it’s been a Merry Christmas so far for most store owners.
"We saw a lot of traffic over the weekend, and the traffic continues. We think this Saturday is going to be a good, solid, Super Saturday. I don’t know if it’s going to be a record breaker, but it’s going to be a lot better than the last few years.”
The Saturday before Christmas is always one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and Overfelt says when Super Saturday falls on Christmas Eve, retailers are extra busy. Overfelt says it appears Missouri retail sales will be up about four percent over last year, outdoing industry estimates.
It looks like the Christmas shopping season is going to close with a bang for Missouri store owners. Dave Overfelt of the Missouri Retailers Association says it seems Missouri shoppers are worrying less about the world’s problems and more about getting their gifts bought.
“Every week there seems to be another disaster, and I think because of that people have been holding back and I think that they’re finally getting into the swing of things and they’re looking for bargains.”
Overfelt says expect huge crowds at stores Friday and Saturday. He says from reports so far, it looks like Christmas business is running about four percent ahead of last year.