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Last day for Christmas shopping

Last day for Christmas shopping”

The day often sets the annual record for retail sales and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, along with Black Friday.

"He owns a restaurant and I work at a hospital.

I'm glad that Christmas Eve everyone made a decision to stay home with their families", Nightingale said. Whether it was finding that ideal gift, or prepping for snowfall, it made for a busy day ahead of one of the biggest holiday of the year.

He said he was not surprised to see so many shoppers out on Christmas Eve and even expected to see more than that.

On the day before Christmas the Panama City Mall was full of holiday cheer and shoppers.

Some 53 percent of consumers, about 126 million people, plan to shop on Super Saturday, according to the National Retail Federation. Its workers will be delivering until 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Last-minute online Christmas shopping involves buying bedding for festive guests and batteries for new gadgets. It will be closed on Christmas Day and reopen again at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

At the Mall of America in Minnesota, shoppers came prepared.

Target employees said the store was busy and items were flying off the shelves.

The store manager for Gearhead Outfitters said they had many people come through their doors looking for some last minute gifts. "We're doing fairly well".

While online shopping continues to compete with box stores, the National Federation of Retailers says it expects December sales to increase by four percent from a year ago.

Britt Adams of Dalton, Ga., said Friday in East Brainerd that he still had a few items to pick up.

The team already had received more gift-wrapping customers in two hours that morning than during their last session on December 15, Miralles said.

"Customers tell me they get gift cards for their teenagers because 'they never like what I give them anyway, '" Gutierrez said. So, have you gotten all your holiday shopping done?



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