Retailers: Shoppers buying locally

Local shoppers aren't necessarily buying more this Christmas, but they appear to be shopping at home, which has Big Spring retailers happy.An informal survey of several local businesses shows an increase in holiday sales over last year. While several businessmen declined comment, citing company policy, others said it appears that Howard County residents are shopping Big Spring first.“Things are very good for us,” said Tim Walsh, manager of the Big Spring Wal-Mart Supercenter. “It's going better than last year — much better. The biggest thing seems to be that a lot of people are staying in Big Spring to do their shopping, and I think that's where a lot of our increase comes from.”Not surprisingly, Walsh said electronic items are big sellers this season.“We're selling a lot of game consoles, such as the Wii and X-Box,” he said. “Plus, we're doing good business selling the I-Pod Touch.”The supercenter will be open until 8 p.m. Christmas Eve to handle last-minute shopping, Walsh said.Wal-Mart is Big Spring's biggest retail outlet, but even smaller “mom and pop” operations report that business is good this season.