The National Retail Federation has taken a swing toward optimism for the Christmas season. For the first time, the world's largest retail trade organization has upgraded its forecast during the holiday season.
It's original prediction came right after Hurricane Katrina when economic indicators were gloomy. Stronger than expected retail sales were seen in October. That led to changing the growth forecast from 5% to 6%.
Now, retailers are working hard to get ready for the customers. Belk manager David Adcock said, "It's pretty hard. It's a lot of long hours making sure we get all our freight work -- make sure it's out on the floor and ready for the customers when they come in on Friday." Many retailers are opening their doors before 6:00 a.m. and are offering early bird specials.