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HOLIDAY Shoppers are Way, Way Behind

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 9:40 am in Other.

Black Friday shoppers (Ian McVea/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)Whew! So it’s not just me. Christmas is a scant week away and Hanukkah’s even sooner, but according to a National Retail Foundation survey released this morning, the nation’s shoppers have finished less than half their holiday shopping. Blame it on this year’s shortened holiday shopping season, the tanking economy and a slew of stores facing bankruptcy – people are disinclined to buy gift cards at KB Toys, for example, when the cards will soon be worthless. Only 8 percent of the shoppers surveyed said they’d finished their holiday gift buying. And, says the NRF, millions of people haven’t even begun. How about you?

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