Some Local Shops Seeing an Increase in Sales

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND – Things are shaping up for retailers this spring. According to recent reports, retailers across the nation are seeing double digit sale increases and local shops are also experiencing a sales spike.

Shoppers are no longer hibernating; at least that's what local shops are saying.

February and March brought hope for Spring, and the future to the retail world. 

Both big and small shops are enjoying this Spring delight.

They may be small, but babies are bringing in big returns for one Midland shop.

"We've seen an increase in the past month by 11 percent since this time last year," La Bebe Manager, Courtney Golson, said. "So this is our second best month in number of sales."

The boutique's double digit boost puts it in league with national retail power houses like Target - which also saw similar increases.

"February was good and we have seen a trend," La Bebe Owner, Susan Golson, said. "So it has steadily gone up."

Local chain stores also noticed.

"I think you start to see consumer confidence pick up a little bit more," Best Buy General Manager, Mike Williams, said. "And of course you're seeing income tax returns come in around this time as well."

Some also think the March boost may be because of the Easter sales, but at La Bebe, they think the fact they opened a second store might have also helped them out.

Stores are hopeful people will continue to shop, but they're not overjoyed just yet.

"On a day to day basis; yes, I see an increase," Susan Golson said. "It is difficult sometimes what you attribute that to, but people are always going to have babies and I have seen that they do seem to be shopping more for the babies."

Stores hope it's a rebirth for the economy.