RI retailers predict healthy sales for Black Friday

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Rhode Island Retail Federation is feeling optimistic about sales this coming holiday weekend.

Executive director Paul DeRoche says it's the first time in two years he's felt positive about sales on so called Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

He's predicting a slight increase in purchases- up about 1.4% from last year. "Particularly in the technology field," DeRoche says. "I-Pads, I-Phones. I think we're going to be pleasantly surprised after Black Friday."

DeRoche says he's already seen an increase in hiring for temporary retail positions. He's predicting that the holiday season will bring out shoppers who have been pinching their pennies long enough.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.