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Alabama retailers expect increase in holiday sales

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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.

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