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Businesses Hope New Retail Numbers Hold True

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- For the last three months there have been a lot of ups and down's, from gas prices to unemployment and retail numbers.

The summer is not when salesman Sal Vickers expects people to be rushing in to J & J furniture and appliances.

"Usually July is vacation time but we are selling things," Vickers said. "We get them in and they go out," Vickers said.

Something the Michigan Retailers Association expects a lot of businesses to be doing in the months ahead.

"Retailers are generally pretty optimistic, but there forecast for the rest of this summer is actually pretty high," said VP Communications MRA Tom Scott.

High, like the highest projected number of sales in nine years, something that tom scott says is good news, but he says we're not out of the woods yet.

"There is still weakness out there, there is still concern, unemployment is way to high," Scott said.

John Slagh, the owner of Toy Village Incorporated welcomes the up tick in sales that he's seen as well.

"For instance June's higher than last year's June, May's higher than last years May."

Since last year his sales from train sets to toy cars and stuffed animals have been up 20%.

"Sales had been going even or going down a little bit for the last five years so being up 20 percent is great,"said Toy Village Inc. Owner John Slagh.

Slagh says another good thing about the increase in sales is possibility of an increase in jobs, in particular for kids and that's simply playing.

Something he hopes to see a lot more going forward.

"I just want to keep with the 20 percent I think that's a miracle."

A miracle that businesses can only hope will continue to grow.

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