Area merchants pleased with holiday business

Monday, November 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The seasonal scorecard for the economy was predicted to be poor by now - hobbled by recession and knocked flat by the terrorist attacks. But despite the predictions - people spending.

News on Six reporter Emory Bryan visited several Tulsa shopping malls Monday and says all the experts predicted people would be holding on to their cash this Christmas - saving money because of the war. The experts maybe should stop by Tulsa - stores in Oklahoma report people are actually spending more money than last year.

An Eastland Mall shopper, Kandy Miller is no economist - but she's driving holiday sales - and the war hasn't made her afraid. "Of shopping? No. Of buying? No, we're still shopping and buying. I went out the day after Thanksgiving and did all my Christmas shopping and I'm done." Talk like that helped fuel an increase in after Thanksgiving sales at Eastland mall - a better than expected weekend. Brett Lawson with Deb Shops: "The teenagers seem to be unaffected by this whole crisis thing. Plus mom and dad are buying them Christmas presents. Our average ticket this weekend was about $150 a sale."

And here in Oklahoma - stores seem to be doing better than in other parts of the country. Greg Briley with Moody's Jewelry: "All in all, with the things going on, they're getting back to normal and normal this time of year is shopping and enjoying the holidays and buying all those gifts you need to buy."

Telecheck reports a slight increase in people using checks - about a 3% increase over last year the same time.