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Code Orange fails to color shopping
NY Daily ^ | 12/23/03 | TONY SCLAFANI and NANCY DILLON

Posted on 12/23/2003 5:02:30 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

The national Code Orange alert didn't deter city shoppers from spending the green on Christmas and Chanukah presents yesterday.

Big flagship stores up and down Manhattan were packed, which meant long lines and crowded sidewalks for customers to battle.

"I just healed from an aneurysm, so nothing is going to stop me," said Brenda Austin, 40, a bookkeeper from Manhattan who carried a full Macy's bag. "I'm not going to live in fear. Our time is our time."

Retailers cheered that kind of spirit, hoping the third-to-last day before Christmas could help get the lackluster holiday shopping season back on track.

Early returns show the weekend - the first storm-free weekend after two whiteouts - fell short of expectations.

"The malls were packed from a parking standpoint, but I have a sense the numbers were probably a little bit soft," said Michael Niemira at the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Niemira said he expects holiday retail sales to rise 4% over last year instead of the 4.5% jump originally forecast.

A spokesman for Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said it still expects December sales to reach only the low end of its forecast.

"Many shoppers are still very worried about their long-term financial status and the status of their jobs," said Richard Hastings at credit tracker Bernard Sands.

Still, chandelier earrings and monogrammed handbags flew off the shelves at Macy's in Herald Square, spokeswoman Elina Kazan said.

At the Toys "R" Us in Times Square, Alison Berlinson, 45, of Brooklyn, bought five bags worth of toys for her five grandchildren. "The lines are astronomically long," she said, shrugging off the Orange alert. "You can't stop living."

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: christmas; codeorange; economy; military; orangealert4; shopping; war

1 posted on 12/23/2003 5:02:30 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Sorry, DUmmies: you'll have to wish for another way to tank the economy.
2 posted on 12/23/2003 5:04:22 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
These colors mean nothing to me. Until I'm given some kind of directive it is business as usual (being cautious).
3 posted on 12/23/2003 6:04:31 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg
Until I'm given some kind of directive it is business as usual (being cautious).

Exactly. Everything I'm hearing on the news sounds like a bad Cat in the Hat book:

They could come in a shiny plane
They could come in a big freight train
They could hit a rural town
Or bomb New York and make us frown....

4 posted on 12/23/2003 6:14:47 PM PST by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: All
I'm flying tomorrow out of JFK for California. I give a big middle finger to depressing libs, the DUmmies in the romper room, and the Klintoons who had the opportunity to prevent 9-11 but didn't. I'll be damned if I'll let 'code orange' reduce me to a blubbering pile of Michael Moore.
5 posted on 12/23/2003 6:37:21 PM PST by cyborg
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