Some malls are struggling to survive, along with their "anchor" department stores. But Americans still want to shop: they're just doing it differently: on-line, downtown, certain big-box stores, outlet centers, and mixed-use developments. We examine these retails trends here in New Hampshire.
After citing the latest unemployment statistics, many media reports add a note about the number not including “discouraged workers.” Those are people who gave up after months of unemployment. But there is another, much smaller group of people who have decided to make their own jobs, by starting a business.
New Hampshire retailers are expecting their holiday sales to be up four percent, slightly higher than what's expected nationally. The Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire says 73 percent of those businesses surveyed are anticipating their 2013 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year.
With Christmas a week away, shoppers are crowding into malls, outlets, and downtown shopping districts looking for last-minute gifts. But, for those looking for unusual handmade gifts, there’s another, unorthodox, option available.