BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) --The Commerce Department said yesterday that retail sales dipped 0.1%. It's the weakest showing since March, but that's not stopping local retailers. It's not quite November yet and already stores are gearing up for the holidays.
Susan Hoechner of Barbara Stewart Interiors said, "We prepare at the end of October for our holiday open house that is the first weekend in November, and that is kind of our kick off for the holidays."
Local retailers are confident that this Christmas they will see plenty of business.
"I feel very positive about this year, I think we plan to see a good increase and I think Bowling Green is in a good place right now."
They've already seen a large turn out for early shoppers.
Hoechner also said, "We've already sold out on several items that we were decorating with and I can't get them back. So we've got some new fresh orders that will be coming in later on in the week and we can hopefully replenish some of those favorites that we had that are already gone."
Business owners say one of the secrets to getting good holiday business is having variety.
Anne Thomas from Pappagallo says, "Reach out to every body from high school to 80 years old, so we have something for everybody in every age bracket"
Retailers claim this holiday season isn't different from the past.
Stephen Parks from Candle Makers on the Square expressed what he was hoping for.
"Hoping for what I hope for every year, that a lot of people come into the store and buy gifts."
While these local retailers continue to prepare for the holidays you may want to keep in mind that Christmas is only 55 days away.
Shoppertrak's 2013 holiday shopping predictions call for retail sales in November and December to rise by 2.4%. That's less than the 3% increase in 2012.