senting more than 24,000 stores.
Although both surveys showed
consumers and retailers were
"concerned" about the economic
future, short-term confidence
wasn't impaired. Retailers sur-
veyed nationally predict a 3 to 5
percent increase, far below Michi-
gan retailers' expectations. Last
year, national retailers predict-
ed a 4 to 7 percent increase. Fi-
nal holiday season sales were up
"We found the Midwest to be
the most solid region (along with
the Southwest)," said Karen Mac-
Donald, communications man-
ager at Taubman Centers, which
operates 20 region-al shopping
centers in 12 states, including
Fairlane, Lakeside and Twelve
Ms. MacDonald and Mr. Mey-
er, of the Michigan Retailers As-
sociation, point to solid profits
from the Big Three automobile
manufacturers, increased dis-
posable income and the state's
low unemployment rate as rea-
sons for the strong consumer re-
Increased spending can also be
seen in corporate gifts, said
Randy Forrester, spokesperson
for the Bloomfield Plaza Mer-
"This year, there seems to be
more of a trend in buying gifts for
entertaining," said Mr. Forrester,
whose Studio 330 store sells chi-
na, glass, linens and flatware.
While retailers around the
state recorded about a 6 percent
sales increase last summer, be-
fore the fall slowdown, business
has been strong all year at
Twelve Oaks in Novi, according
to Philip Morosco, general man-
Overall, in November stores at
Twelve Oaks reported a 10 per-
cent increase in sales from last
year. Mr. Morosco claims there's
no reason not to assume that De-
cember will be as impressive.
"People feel more comfortable
buying," he said. "We're getting
people from all over the state. It's
better than last year, which was
a very good year." ❑
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