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Ohio Retailers Predict Increase In Holiday Sales

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio retailers are predicting a slight increase in holiday sales this year as compared with 2018.  

But where those spending increases are projected may be a surprise. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants is predicting $25.3 billion will be spent this holiday season, a .8 percent increase over last year and lower than the national spending forecast. Megan Heare is with the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, which did the research.

“Labor market indicators including wages and employment remain strong. However, consumer confidence has declined over the past year and remains susceptible to uncertainty.”

Mansfield is expected to see the biggest increase, with smaller jumps in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. Spending is projected to be flat in Lima and down in the three biggest cities, though Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus will still comprise just over half of all holiday spending.



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