Pent up demand is resulting in increased sales for retailers, as the public thaws out from a long winter by opening purses and wallets.
Small retailers are already preparing for the holiday season, while still striving to catch the last of summer and back-to-school shoppers.
Retailers saw a 2012 holiday shopping season in line with expectations, which have been taken down a notch ever since the 2008 recession and remain that way.
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