The executive director of the North Dakota Retail Association says his members are optimistic – but conservative – in their outlook for the Christmas shopping season.
Mike Rud says nationally, retailers predict a 3.6 to 4 percent growth in Christmas sales year-over-year. Rud says earlier this fall, North Dakota stores weren’t as optimistic about those numbers.
"I'm not seeing that sense of optimism that I've seen in the past," Rud said.
But Rud said that attitude could change -- given some of North Dakota's economic factors right now.