Early Morning Shoppers Filling Stores

Last minute shoppers could seal successful season for retailers

Published On: Dec 24 2012 03:30:16 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 24 2012 08:55:47 AM EST
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DETROIT -

Forget the “fiscal cliff”, forget economic uncertainty, this is Christmas after all.

And that is just what last minute holiday shoppers are doing. Metro Detroit shopping malls were full most of the weekends and, this morning, those stores staying open 24 hours a day are seeing a steady business as the holiday buying season winds down with most stores closing by 6pm tonight.

"We are seeing constant traffic", said Giovani Booker, manager of the Macy's store at Oakland Mall this morning. "The best time to come in is before 10am, our traffic will really pick up after that."

The Macy's at Oakland Mall has been open  24 hours a day since 7am Friday. It will close at 6pm tonight.

 They are buying despite the numbers. Consumer confidence fell in December to a five-month low. . The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slid to 72.9, the weakest since July, from 82.7 in November.

The National Retail Federation has said holiday sales will rise 4.1 percent to about $586.1 billion this year.

 METRO DETROIT RETAILERS

Karen McDonald, spokeswoman for Twelve Oaks Mall said in an email to the news service Bloomberg that Twelve Oak s was “seeing small sales increases overall as larger transactions were compensating for a drop in store visitors.”