Last-Minute Shoppers Pack Local Stores

12-24-05 - Last minute shoppers hit stores in Sherman early on Saturday morning. At Midway Mall, business was brisk as shoppers looked for deals the day before Christmas.

Retailers are hoping for strong finish leading up to the New Year. They generally make between 25 and 40 percent of their profit during the final two months of the year.

Early signs have pointed to sluggish results and business organizations say many stores are offering huge discounts to clear inventory.

Even so, the National Retail Federation says November and December sales should check in at just shy of 440 billion dollars.

Bealls Department Store in Sherman does 25% of its business on Saturdays and managers say they expect to double their sales on the 24th.