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A Christmas Economy

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Tis the season of giving and shopping.

Consumer confidence is at it’s highest level since July according to the Consumer Research Center.  Many of those confident shoppers are staying close to home this year.

“I decided to do my Christmas shopping I was thinking of coming downtown,” said Linda Gregory, Northampton.

“I very rarely go outside my five mile radius when I go shopping,” said Marcia Morrison, Easthampton.

Candice Conner, co-owner of the men’s clothing store Jackson & Conner, says their sales are up so far this holiday season compared to last .  They’re seeing more shoppers earlier than ever and are preparing for the influx of business.

“We have increased hours with our staff.  We have had some part time [workers] come in.  Myself and business partner have also increased our hours of course,” said Conner.

Yes Computers which specializes in Apple products is also seeing an early kick off to the holiday shopping season.

“We have about 3 weeks till Christmas and I think its gona be a good season,” said Mark Wienburg, Yes Computers.

Customers lined up hours before the store opened it’s doors on Black Friday.  A trend usually reserved for the big box stores.

Over all americans are expected to spend more than $400 million on holiday spending.

This month on ABC News you can see how many are buying goods created right here in America to maintain and create jobs in this country.  The series is called “The Great Made in America Christmas.”

Click the link for a preview – http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/week-world-news-15029906

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