Still, time is on stores’ side. Six of the top 10 spending days for the holiday season are still ahead, including the Saturday before Christmas, which is expected to be the second biggest shopping day of the year. And last year, the final 10 days before Christmas generated nearly 24 percent of the holiday sales, according to MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all payments including cash.
Stores don’t typically discuss their plans for markdowns during the holiday season, but some retailers said that they remain hopeful that shoppers will spend briskly in the final days.
Macy's, which runs Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, said it does not plan to add any unplanned discounts in the days leading up to Christmas. But the chain is planning for the first time to keep most of its stores open around the clock for the last weekend before Christmas.
‘‘We’re staying with the (promotional) calendar that we planned,’’ said Jim Sluzewski, a Macy’s spokesman.
And at Takara, a clothing and jewelry store in Oak Park, Ill., owner Takara Gudell said holiday sales were up about 3 percent this year compared to a year ago, but said brisk business is just getting started for the season.
But Gudell said she’s counting on the final days to be the ‘‘big rush.’’
‘‘Christmas will still come,’’ she said.
AP Business Writer Tom Krisher in Detroit and AP Writer Ashley Heher in Chicago contributed to this report.
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