The statistics behind another big shopping day, the day after Christmas

The rush to return gifts begins!

"A little bit of the returning of stuff, coming in taking advantage of the gift cards", he said.

If Santa didn't check everything off your list this year, you're not alone nearly two-thirds of Americans made a return last holiday season and this year is expected to be no different.

"We got a lot of money for Christmas", shopper Angelica Davis said.

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers across the country lined up at stores on Tuesday, the day after Christmas, to return some unwanted Christmas gifts, whether it was a chip-and-dip plate from their mother-in-law to an itchy sweater from grandma.

"Hickory Farms of OH is having their 50% off sale and I love their stuff", said shopper Steve Miner.

A healthy economy, high consumer confidence and an extra full weekend of shopping (thanks to the fact that Christmas fell on a Monday) led retail analysts to anticipate strong sales growth during the shopping period from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.

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She said, "I did mostly gift cards for the grandchildren".

The reasons for shopping don't end at gift cards and sales. "So, everything was good". "Not too crowded. Lines aren't too bad", said Cherrie Morgan who had to make some returns. "That's the best thing about Christmas - you get a whole bunch of money you can spend at the mall".

"So she can grow into it".

Shibrina Johnson, 19, returned gifts for her parents to buy gifts for herself and two sisters.

"It's been a real good experience", she said. Average spending per person over the five-day period was $335.47, with $250.78 - 75 percent - specifically going toward gifts. "Instead of here's a gift, you know".

The National Retail Federation projects that holiday retail sales in the two month this year will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion.

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