Big holiday profits for Michigan retailers

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)-  Christmas may be over, but Santa is still bringing some holiday cheer to business owners here in Mid-Michigan.

Nationally, retail sales are up almost 8% over this time last year.

But Absolute Gallery shop owner, Kathy Holcomb says 8% is nothing compared to her sales.

Holcomb kept busy this holiday season selling everything under the sun: cards, frames and even custom gifts.

A whopping 20% busier, that’s how much she earned this year in holiday sales.

“We were ecstatic this year about our sales. They were increased over any other years we’ve been in business and we’ve been here for 13 Christmas seasons now,” said Holcomb.

But what’s so different about this year?

“People were more excited about buying this year than in previous years. I think they felt more comfortable about spending money,” said Holcomb.

Bill Hallan with the Michigan Retailers Association says consumer confidence is at an all-time high.

“Consumers are willing to make those big ticket purchases where they may have held back in past years if their confidence was lower in the economy.”

And it looks like other shop owners are seeing a similar sales trend this holiday season.

“So far during the holiday season, black Friday through the day after Christmas sales are up in Michigan 8.1%,” said Hallan.

And days after Christmas, sales are still through the roof. In just one hour, I saw four customers walk through Kathy’s doors and shop for gifts.

“It’s going to continue to be good because people are out and they have money to spend from Christmas and because everyone wants to get what they didn’t get for Christmas, said Holcomb.

It’s a holiday feeling that will hopefully extend past this year’s holiday season. Helping not only Michigan businesses but also Michigan families.

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