Shoppers boost sales through post-Christmas purchases

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The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington was packed with visitors from out of town and locals treating themselves to post-Christmas gifts on Tuesday.

"I start buying Christmas presents for next year, so, and just take advantage of the sales, and I'll just hold on to them if I think that they're worthy of getting for next year", say Caroline and David Parr, who were out shopping on Tuesday. We know, mall always busy like that you know so I like it.

Christmas is over, but the shopping rush continues as shoppers hit stores for day after Christmas deals and gift returns. "Exchanges and people want to spend their money and gift cards", said John Provost, Provost Shoes.

Local resident Kayla McCain said, "I'm pretty easy to please".

"We have lights", Alexander said.

The NRF also says that nearly two-thirds of consumers returned or exchanged at least one item a year ago.

"A lot of the stores, anything Christmasy they have like 50 percent off and stuff like that". "Last year, before and after Christmas was insane". "We're just strolling around seeing the sights and we're shopping for ourselves, not other people", Amanda and Michele Folta said.

A report published Tuesday from credit card company Mastercard that tracked spending (across all payment types, including cash and check) from November 1 through December 24 showed that holiday sales increased 4.9 percent this year - the largest year-over-year increase since 2011.

She is not alone, a 2017 national survey of holiday shoppers by the National Retail Federation shows nearly two-thirds of people made at least one gift return last holiday season.

He said he enjoyed his shopping experience at the mall Tuesday. Spending the money or gift cards they received for Christmas. "Everything is ideal." She said.

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