Retailers report mixed tax-free holiday sales

Published 12:52 am Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Local retailers are reporting mixed weekend sales during this weekend’s tax-free holiday.

Mike Ward at Ward and Co said that they had an OK.

“We did pretty good,” he said. “I feel it would have been better if it would have been at the first of the month.”

Ward reported a better Friday than Saturday and said he had a decent Sunday.

At Pink Peppers, Marrianne Dubose said the tax-free holiday didn’t affect her store very much.

“Saturday we were really slow,” he said.

Dubose agreed that it would have been better if it were held at the first of the month.

This was the first time the tax-free holiday was observed during the month of July.

At Oasis and Lena Ellen Boutique Jannah Jeffcoat said it was a great weekend in Andalusia.

“I believe we did the most sales on a tax-free weekend to date here,” she said. “I really think more people are shopping local every year.”

The tax exemption ran from 12:01 a.m. on July 21 until midnight on July 23.

Total combined spending for back-to-school is expected to reach $83.6 billion, an increase of more than 10 percent over last year’s $75.8 billion, the National Retail Federation reports.