Holiday retail sales expected to grow in Ohio
The 2019 Holiday retail spending forecast has been released.
According to the report, Ohioans are expected to spend $25.3 billion during the holiday season, a 0.8 percent increase over last season.
Since 2016, holiday retail spending in Ohio has grown by 6.8 percent.
The report indicates that online shopping continues to grow and greatly exceeded overall retail sales growth in Ohio last year.
Throughout the state, Youngstown is listed with the second-highest holiday retail sales growth over last year, with a 2.7 percent increase.
Youngstown also yields 3.3 percent of the total state share for 2019.
The three largest metro areas in the state - Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus - account for nearly 54 percent of the share of the state.
Of the listed metro areas, five are expected to generate more holiday retail sales than last year.
The metro area with the most growth is Mansfield, with a six percent increase.