Massachusetts retailers expect to see a holiday rebound this year after a slowdown in consumer spending and continued shift to mobile sales took an unexpected bite out of their November and December sales in 2016.
The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is forecasting
a 3.1 percent increase in holiday purchases, based on a survey of its
4,000 primarily small-business, brick-and-mortar members that points to
stable consumer confidence and year-to-date sales in the low 3 percent
range. The holiday sales season in Massachusetts starts in earnest at
stores on the day after Thanksgiving, referred to as “Black Friday.”. . . more