Consumers are getting a jump start on the holiday shopping season, but with the economy still weighing heavily on their minds, they're keeping a conservative approach when it comes to their gift-giving budgets.
Retailers are bracing for what could be a profitable holiday shopping season, despite a great deal of uncertainty. The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales this year to increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion.
The struggling economy has left its mark on the last few holiday seasons in New Jersey. Will the same happen again this year? Are people ready to spend? Local retailers in the Garden State wish they knew the answers.
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