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Retailers hope for strong finish to Christmas shopping season

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Shoppers make their way through Galleria at Sunset in Henderson on Friday. (FOX5) Shoppers make their way through Galleria at Sunset in Henderson on Friday. (FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

You could call Friday the kickoff for the final 12 days of Christmas shopping. The pressure is on for those who still have holiday shopping to do.

Brick and mortar retailers are hoping for a boost from last-minute shoppers, and, contrary to what you might expect, the internet is actually helping them out.

Keith Winslow manages the Cinnabon at Galleria at Sunset in Henderson. He said he's seen steady traffic at the mall since Black Friday.

"Good crowds here, even at 12:45 in the afternoon," he said.

In fact, Winslow said his sales are up about 18 percent over this time last year.

Despite that, the National Retail Federal said that so far, shoppers are spending less money this year. Management at the Galleria's Things Remembered store said sales are a bit slower than expected.

"We are a little off track, but I'm confident everybody's going to come in last-minute like they do every year," Things Remembered's April Tinney said.

If the start has been slow, the final stretch is expected to be busy. The Retail Federation predicts overall holiday sales to be four percent higher than last year.

Online shopping is up across the board, with roughly one in four shoppers taking advantage of sales there.

"There's been an increase in online ordering. The customer can order in the privacy of their home and come in for pickup," Tinney said.

Black Friday is typically the busiest shopping day of the year, but the Nevada Retail Association is predicting Saturday could be even busier.

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