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Last-minute Christmas shoppers jam malls

December 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
With just one day until Hanukah and six days until Christmas, shopping malls like Ontario Mills are jammed with last-minute shoppers.

According to the National Retail Federation, less than half of all Americans have finished all of their holiday shopping.

"Just this year, I got real busy, so it just happened I had to do it a little bit late this year," said Kyle Stevens of Victorville.

Holiday shopping spending is expected to climb about 4 percent from a year ago - another sign that the economy is hopefully on the rebound.

Holiday sales are expected to hit about $469 billion this year, with stores like Gap offering some merchandise at 50 percent off. Some stores are offering up to 70 percent off.

"Hopefully we'll be out of here soon. We've been here for a couple of hours, and we're already exhausted," said Nadia Lupercio of Adelanto.

Ontario Mills usually closes at 9 p.m., but to accommodate all the last-minute shoppers, the mall will be closing at 10 p.m. every night. On Christmas Eve, it will close at 6 p.m.

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