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Last minute holiday shoppers hit the Eastwood Mall on Christmas Eve

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NILES, Ohio - Due to a late Thanksgiving, the holiday shopping season is the shortest its been since 2002.  

"I've been here for three days shopping.  This is the last day right here.  So, hopefully I can get everything I need," said Bandz of Warren.

Instead of having 32 days to cross off items on those holiday wish lists, shoppers have had just 26.  

"Our Christmas shopping is completed at this time.  I am just trying to pick up something for him to wear to Christmas mass today," said David Hernandez of Warren.

Although, some shoppers had to use Christmas Eve Day to finish up their gift buying.

"I have a four year old.  So, every time I've been shopping for other people I keep buying for him and buying for him.  So, I haven't got anybody finished.  So, that is why I am here today I had to finish everybody else," said Rochelle Vinson of Warren.

"Almost all the stores you go to have good sales.  I guess that's the one good thing about shopping on Christmas Eve," said Tim Veits of Warren.

Many consumer experts believe retailers are offering more discounts as a way to get shoppers into their stores.  Some stores offered between 50% and 70% off certain items.

"Well, I got a Betsy Johnson bracket for half the price, over half the price," said Judi Riggle of Warren.  "I am gifting to myself, too.  My husband doesn't know it, but I am."

According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales are to increase by 3.9% to more than $600 billion this season.  Although, number won't be available until after the hustle and bustle is over.

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