After Christmas sales begin before the holiday


Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 3:03 PM

UNDATED (AP) — On the day before Christmas, it's looking like the day after Christmas at some retailers. is already offering its "after Christmas" deals of up to 70 percent off clothes and 60 percent off electronics. Old Navy is running TV ads that say its "after-holiday sale starts early" with discounts of up to 75 percent off.

Usually, stores wait until the day after Christmas to offer deep discounts on merchandise that didn't sell. But this year, Americans who are still worried about the economy have held back on their spending. Sales at stores have fallen for three consecutive weeks.

At New Jersey's Garden State Plaza Mall over the weekend, stores including Ann Taylor, Express and Abercrombie & Fitch had 50-percent-off sales. Gap offered up to 60 percent off.

One woman who visited a CVS store in Decatur, Georgia this morning was searching for stuffed animals for her children. Heather Nadler said she still plans to hit up sales after Christmas -- when she says she'll probably start shopping for herself.

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168-a-06-(Unidentified holiday shopper who chose not to give his name, in AP interview)-"15 hours, OK?"-This last minute shopper says he went straight from work to some of the stores that were open 24 hours and bought all his holiday gifts -- and now he's exhausted. (24 Dec 2013)

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163-w-32-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Brad Crane and John Oliphent, holiday shoppers)--The countdown to Christmas is on and last-minute shoppers are trying to grab what they can at the stores. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (24 Dec 2013)

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166-a-10-(Jessica Simmons, holiday shopper, in AP interview)-"in three hours"-Jessica Simmons says she had to leave the holiday shopping to the last minute because work kept her busy. (24 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO NJHAC101: People cross a street at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, as last-minute shoppers try to get presents in time for Christmas. Temperatures are expected to be cooler Tuesday with temperatures expected to be in the 30s. The weather is expected to be dryer both Tuesday and Wednesday with only a 10% chance of a white Christmas. (AP Photo/, Kevin R. Wexler) (23 Dec 2013)

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