- Associated Press - Thursday, November 15, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - A group representing Massachusetts retailers is forecasting a solid 3.8 percent increase in holiday sales this year.

If the prediction made Thursday by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts holds up, it would top the 2017 holiday sales increase of 3 percent. That would represent the strongest growth since 2015, when sales climbed 4.7 percent over the previous year.

A forecast from the National Retail Federation sees holiday sales nationally ranging from 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent higher than a year ago.

Franklin Graham calls on nation to pray for Trump as impeachment effort gains speed
George Soros group asks Fox News to ban guest who claimed billionaire controls State Dept.
Nancy Pelosi goes for slam dunk -- and crashes to court

Retailers Association of Massachusetts president Jon Hurst says low unemployment, higher wages and modest inflation are helping boost consumer confidence as the holiday season approaches.

Hurst adds that concerns related to China tariffs aren’t likely to have any impact until next year.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide