"The shopping traffic and reports from retailers have been good to excellent," he said. "There seems to be a higher intensity of traffic throughout the day. I get the sense that people are staying a little longer than the year before, and we are seeing a lot of packages. It appears that shoppers here are more back to the trend of 2006-2007, before the troubles hit, at least for the holiday season."
Eric Litz, who manages regional malls in Gainesville and Tallahassee, Fla., said his state's retail federation projected a 3 percent to 4 percent sales growth for the holiday season, a figure he thinks has the potential to go higher amid marked consumer enthusiasm in the Sunshine State.