Stores Hope to Benefit from After Christmas Sales

Although the final numbers aren't in, Florida retailers seem pleased with the way this year's holiday shopping season has gone.

The Florida Retail Federation had predicted going into the holiday season that sales would run above last year, but there was some concern about what impact this year's
hurricanes would have on people's financial ability to spend a lot of money on gifts.

However, the head of the Retail Federation in the state says it appears that sales will live up to projections. The association says sales could run up to six percent above last year.

And one of the biggest weeks of the season, the week after Christmas, is still to come.

Nationally, Chicago-based retail research firm ShopperTrack says sales for December are down 3.4 percent. However, the National Retail Federation is holding out hope that procrastinators and after-Christmas shoppers will help sales rebound.