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Published November 27, 2009, 08:37 AM

ND holiday sales expected to be up

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the North Dakota Retail Association says he expects holiday sales in the state this year to be up 1 to 2 percent over last year, compared with a predicted 1 percent drop nationally.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the North Dakota Retail Association says he expects holiday sales in the state this year to be up 1 to 2 percent over last year, compared with a predicted 1 percent drop nationally.

Mike Rud (ROOD) says North Dakota has not been hit as hard by the economic recession as other parts of the country.

Rud says consumer confidence will play a big role in holiday sales, and he thinks North Dakotans might have a more positive outlook than others.

Last year sales during the holiday shopping season in North Dakota were flat. Rud blames successive weekend storms during the last month and a half of the year that had many people digging out rather than out shopping.

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