March 12, 2014
Just because Christmas is over, it doesn't mean all the shopping is done. It's estimated stores get 10 to 30-percent of their holiday sales after Christmas.
Stores like Home Depot in Harrisonburg Crossing say they've had pretty good foot traffic this weekend, especially considering the sales that happen at the malls around this time.
The stores say sales have been boosted by contractors coming back in. They also say gift cards have been an increasingly big seller during the holidays.
"I think the selection process isn't as tough for the consumer that's looking for that special gift, " says Roger Frost, the manager of Home Depot. "And also it allows whoever they're shopping for to select whatever they're looking for considering it's a home-buying taste."
Analysts from the National Retail Foundation say gift card sales increased about 30-percent this year, bringing in $17.2 billion in November and December.