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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kathy Grannis
Retailers may have taken a hit on Black Friday, but they are banking on Cyber Monday and Gray Thursday to deliver a much-needed boost in holiday shopping season sales.
Retailers are expecting lower back-to-school sales than last year as parents look for ways to save money on their children
Black Friday shoppers may want to reconsider tradition, because waking up early and standing outside in long lines in the freezing cold won't necessarily help them score great deals.
While American families celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues and fireworks this week, any apple pie Dennis Christensen eats will be in his Sacramento, Calif., office as he oversees Tony's Fine Foods operations.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the crunch time of last-minute Christmas shopping are past, but retailers say they anticipate an equally busy Monday as shoppers take advantage of the three-day holiday weekend.
More people than ever before plan to dress up for the holiday — 40.1 percent compared with 33.4 percent last year and the highest percentage since the group started tracking Halloween trends in 2003.
Inside a Ricky's NYC store, Lucie Sudmeier selects a Hogwarts uniform from racks filled with sexy pirates, blue Avatar makeup and vampire fangs.
"Retailers still have a few tricks up their sleeves and they'll figure out great ways to attract new customer dollars," said Kathy Grannis, spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation. "Retailers can make up a lot of ground in the coming days."
"The fact that people started shopping a little earlier this year cut into the fact that there might not have been a lot of reasons to shop this year on Black Friday," Ms. Grannis said.