Alabama retailers expect increase in holiday sales

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — The
Alabama Retail Association estimates that retailers in the state might
see a bump in sales this holiday season.

The association projects
that sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas will increase by about 2
percent over the previous year's figures.

The Dothan Eagle reports that last year, retail sales in Alabama actually slowed by half a percentage point.

Association
spokeswoman Nancy Dennis says 2013 had been a good year for retail in
Alabama, with sales surpassing pre-recession peaks in several months.
Dennis said while Alabama's projected 2 percent growth in holiday sales
lags behind national estimates of 3.5 percent, it's still a good figure
for the state.

Dennis said sales during the holiday season account for about 35 percent of all retail activity in the state for the year.