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Holiday Sales Up in Omaha

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OMAHA (KPTM)- Retailers are hoping post-Christmas sales can help save the worst Holiday shopping season in four years.

One report estimates holiday related sales went up seven-tenths of a percent, far below analysts predictions of three to four percent.

However, area mall managers say the numbers are better.

They said thousands of shoppers hit the malls Wednesday, and businesses big and small, are hoping to cash in on those numbers.

 "We spent more, shh!" laughed one shopper, Debbie Wohlgemuth.

Small business owner, Jan Ihrke is hoping shoppers will spend a little more at her stand. "It's kind of funny, because people tell me all the time, it smells like Christmas!"

Ihrke's been selling ‘German Roasted Almonds' at Westroads for 16 years. "We've been doing it a long time."

Ihrke said, this year, sales have been okay. "It's been a little bit down for me this year," said Ihrke, while stirring her pot.

She said the ingredients for the nuts are simple, "Cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla." However, there's really only one key ingredient she needs, shoppers. "That's what I'm hoping for anyway."

Shoppers lined up to buy the almonds, and Wohlgemuth was one of them. "They're just addicting," said Wohlgemuth. "My husband always sneaks back and buys them for me."

"We have a week after Christmas, which is usually pretty good," said Ihrke.

Ihrke, hoping her sales will sizzle, straight into the New Year.

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