Alabama Retail Association expects Alabama sales to meet or exceed 2019’s spending

$13.25 billion was spent throughout November and December in 2019.
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Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 5:52 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - 2019 was a record spending year for the state of Alabama. With consumers spending $13.25 billion throughout November and December.

The Alabama Retail Association is expecting Alabamians to spend at least last years amount, or possibly exceed it.

25 percent of consumers started their Christmas shopping as early as August, even more began in October. Director of Public Relations Nancy Dennis said this is because people knew they would want to avoid crowds due to COVID-19 during black Friday shopping.

Through September, people in the state have spent 8 percent more than in 2019.

With many businesses taking a hit because of the pandemic, shopping local could save some from going under.

“Businesses, especially local businesses, a lot of them depend upon the shopping that is done in November and December to make their bottom line for the whole year, and so they are ready and willing to serve their customer in anyway their customers need to be served and feel safe serving,” Dennis said.

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