The president of the North Dakota Retail Association says he expects a good Christmas shopping season.
Mike Rud said national projections indicate a 3 ½ percent increase in consumer spending over last Christmas. Rud said he hopes North Dakota will see similar, if not better, growth.
"With the results from the election, I think it gives the folks in North Dakota a little more hope, in terms of regulatory certainty in the energy sector," Rud said. "That should lift the optimism a little bit."
Rud also said record crop yields will also help farmers' bottom lines.