Local retail advocates say summer commerce will take a hit after the Legislature forewent an August sales tax holiday weekend for this year, a perk Bay State shoppers and businesses have counted on since 2004.
going to see a dramatic drop in Massachusetts sales in
there are stores that see as much as 10 to 15 percent of their annual
sales derived out of this promotion,” said Jon Hurst, president of the
Retailers Association of Massachusetts, predicting shoppers will be
pushed to tax-free online purchases.. . . more