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Holiday shopping season expected to be good for most Michigan retailers

Nov 16, 2014

Nearly two-thirds of Michigan retailers are expecting a better holiday shopping season this year.

Despite a late December ice storm, the Michigan Retailers Association reported two-thirds of retailers posted better holiday sales in 2013.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Retailers Association polled its members about their expectations for the upcoming holiday shopping season and found 63% predict better sales than last year, while 28% expect sales will be more than 5% better.

Nationally, sales are expected to rise by 4%.

Jim Hallan is the president and CEO of the Michigan Retailers Association.

He says lower gasoline prices, lower unemployment and other factors should boost Christmas season sales.

“Right now, the factors are good,” says Hallan. “Weather’s always the unknown.”

Last year, Michigan retailers were enjoying a very good holiday shopping season until a severe ice storm struck during the final weekend before Christmas. The storm kept many shoppers at home.