Metro area shoppers helped boost local economy - - Jackson, MS

Metro area shoppers helped boost local economy

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

National numbers are revealing sales were slow this holiday season leading up to Christmas day. Despite those reports, shoppers in the Jackson area spent money, strengthening the local economy.

"Michael Kors handbags, watches, scarf's,"said Dillards Assistant Store Manager Carissa Moceo.

Name brand items like those listed were the driving force behind an increase in sales at Northpark Mall anchor store Dillards. Moceo said while there are many items flying off the shelves, it was the designer Michael Kors that stood out, helping the store reach the two percent increase in sales compared to last years numbers.

"Anything Michael Kors has been the hot ticket this year," added Moceo. Everyone came in looking for it. Luckily, we have enough stock in. We never ran out."

Early national numbers being released by retailers reveal holiday sales were at a slow pace this year. One of the slowest years reported since 2008. But, co owner of Cowboy Maloney's Electric City in Jackson, Con Maloney, said its numbers reveal differently.

"Sales have been particularly good this year," said Cowboy Maloney's co-owner Con Maloney. "We did note that December was a little down. We had projected about a 15 percent increase and we ended up with about a seven percent increase. But, November was particularly strong."

Maloney said one of the main reasons the locally owned store did so well is because of the 60, 70 and 80 inch big screen TV's which accounted for a lot of money.

"I think basically people are beginning to feel a little more comfortable with the economy," said Maloney. It's not a roaring move, but it is a gentle move and it's on the positive side."

"Sales in this location have been great compared to last year. I think people are ready to get out and spend their money and have some fun shopping," said Moceo.

Moceo said the store still has several days to calculate total sales and final numbers for the month of December.

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