National Christmas season sales increase roughly 4%: experts

BY  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 27, 2014, 2:03 AM
Ryan Davidson, 35, from Brooklyn returns a wrong size gift from his girlfriend Dec. 26, 2014.
LOUIS LANZANO/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Ryan Davidson, 35, from Brooklyn returns a wrong size gift from his girlfriend Dec. 26, 2014.

On the day after Christmas, Debbie Tozzi stayed busy turning gift cards into gifts.

Tozzi, 61, was headed to Bloomingdale’s, Forever 21 and H&M as a busy shopping Friday capped what looks like a very profitable Christmas for business owners.

“It’s a me day,” Tozzi said. “I got a lot of gift cards, and I’m trying to get them done.”

SoHo shoppers line the streets of Broadway Dec. 26, 2014.
LOUIS LANZANO/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SoHo shoppers line the streets of Broadway Dec. 26, 2014.

She wasn’t alone.

Experts say this Christmas season shaped up as the best in three years, with falling gas prices and a better job market boosting sales nationally roughly 4%.

There were fears after a sluggish Black Friday that the shopping numbers would drop, but they proved unfounded. There was also better weather, as the 2013 increase of 3.1% compared with the year before was hindered by nasty winter storms.

SoHo shoppers line the streets of Broadway, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York.
LOUIS LANZANO/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SoHo shoppers line the streets of Broadway, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York.

The numbers were helped by strong sales in women’s clothing, jewelry and consumer electronics — including the iPhone6.

Joan Campbell, 35, of Brooklyn, was doing her best to keep the sales figures high.

“They have a lot of good sales after Christmas,” Campbell said. “It’s a good day.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Daily News 

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Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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