Families slow in shopping for kids’ return to school

08/10/2013 5:27 PM

08/10/2013 5:27 PM

Missouri’s sales tax holiday hit last weekend for back-to-school shoppers, and classes already have started in some places.

But retailers aren’t reporting robust sales. Stores open at least a year said revenue was up 3.5 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, The Associated Press reports.

The tally of 11 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase recorded in June. It’s an indication that families are either making due with children’s clothes from last year, shopping at thrift stores, exchanging hand-me-downs or waiting for deep discounts from retailers.

The strategies, however, won’t spur the economy to grow or unemployment to fall.


Join the discussion

is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service