Business owners notice uptick in Spokane economy

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 11:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A new report by Greater Spokane Incorporated showed retail sales were up this December during the holiday season.  Local business owners confirmed the assessment.

According to Greater Spokane Inc, retail sales were up more than eight percent in the third quarter of the year compared to 2012.  Home sales were up 32 percent compared to this time last year.

From tamale pots to tortilla warmers, Sergio DeLeon, the owner of DeLeon Foods, said he hasn't been able to keep items on the shelves.

“We've been here about seven years and it's actually, compared to other years, one of the best years,” he said.

The owner of Spokane Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts said people are joining without him having to put up a fight.

“Instead of negotiating a certain kind of price or saying they want a deal, I tell them this is what we have and this is what we're offering...and they're willing to take it,” said Spokane Boxing’s Rick Welliver.

Across the United States, holiday shopping sent total sales up 3.5 percent according to comScore, a company that keeps track of Americans’ spending.
 

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