After Christmas Sales Could Lure Shoppers Back

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With Christmas Day having finally arrived, the time will soon come for those who received to hit the stores to spend those gift cards and deftly return those unwanted items.

One of the major advantages of the season is the deals, discounts and bargains that stores offer to shoppers who flood in after the biggest gift-giving day of the year.

Some of the country's biggest retailers are prepared for the onslaught of customers. Best Buy and Sears have both announced sales that will begin on Dec. 26, while many stores are lengthening their operating hours to accommodate as many customers as possible.

Best Buy will have its annual Day After Christmas Sale, with stores across the country opening their doors on Dec. 26 at 7 a.m. The sale also offers free shipping at the BestBuy.com on Dec. 26 and 27 on a number of items.

Major offers at Best Buy include its popular free smart phone sales event, major discounts on home theater equipment and 50 percent off iPhone cases, according to Digital News Report.

Meanwhile, Sears will be offering 20 percent off all Kenmore appliances, along with free standard delivery and haul-away on all appliances costing $399.99 and over.

And although Walmart, the country's largest retailer, has yet to announce its post-Christmas sales, shoppers can expect plenty of reductions at the stores across the country, which are not open on Christmas Day.

After two down years, this year's Christmas season will go down as the holiday Americans decided to shop again. A strong Christmas Eve helped bolster spectacular sales for retailers, and the National Retail Federation predicts spending this holiday season will reach $451.5 billion, which is 3.3 percent up from last year.

This holiday season marks the biggest bump since 2006, and the largest total since a record $452 billion was spent in 2007. The holiday season runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, so a strong week after Christmas could still make this the biggest of all time.

According to MasterCard SpendingPulse, a unit of MasterCard Advisors that tracks sales at 72,000 retailers, Internet sales within the United States rose 15.4 percent, to $36.4 billion, between Oct. 31 and Dec. 23.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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