TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The state’s retailers are expecting record sales this holiday season, with increases of about 10 percent over 2020, according to the Florida Retail Federation.
The industry group said the average consumer is expected to spend $998 on gifts over the next month and a half.READ MORE: South Florida Playing Pivotal Role In Transformation Of Psychedelics As Mainstream Medicine
The sales expectations come at the same time that the country grapples with supply-chain problems.
Florida Retail Federation President Scott Shalley said most stores have planned ahead, but some items, such as electronics, could be difficult to find as the holidays get closer.READ MORE: Parkland parents furious following Texas elementary school shooting: ‘They failed our kids again’
“If you get the opportunity, and there is an item you really have got to have and you find it, I would go ahead and get it,” Shalley said.
“We don’t anticipate widespread shortages, but there certainly will be some items that aren’t as easily found on the shelves.”MORE NEWS: Environmental advocates who say Biscayne Bay is dying to gather Wednesday to find solutions
The holiday shopping season is the biggest time of the year for stores, which make 20 to 40 percent of their annual sales during the month before Christmas.