Christmas shopping season looks good in Alabama

MADISON COUNTY, AL (AP) - Merchants in Alabama says it's looking like robust Christmas shopping season so far and they're hoping procrastinating shoppers will make the season even merrier.

At the Robert Moore & Co. Christmas Town in Mobile, general manager Larry Heard says he's seeing a trend of last-minute shoppers.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Retail Association, Nancy Dennis, said her organization is estimating that $9 billion will be spent by shoppers in Alabama during November and December. She said a 4% growth in sales is expected from 2011.

She says it could well be the best Christmas shopping season since the recession.

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