4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend

Published 08-29-2018

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NEW YORK (AP) - The store isn't dead for Home Depot, Kohl's, Best Buy or Target. Many traditional chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, as people are in a mood to spend.

What's driving it? A booming economy and companies' own efforts to try to Amazon-proof their businesses. That means making their stores more pleasant, updating their websites and speeding up delivery booming economy market.

The bounce is a welcome reprieve from talk of a retail apocalypse that flourished after a spate of bankruptcies. Plenty of stores are still struggling, particularly mall clothing chains like Victoria's Secret and department stores like Sears.

So is it the start of a sustainable revival? Some experts believe that's the case for certain retailers who are enjoying a revival that could last a while.

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, photo, Heather Camacuari, of Charlotte, shops for clothing at a Kohl's store in Concord, N.C. Many kinds of chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores. A booming economy, which has shoppers spending more freely, and companies' own efforts in trying to Amazon-proof their business is driving people's mood to spend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) - The Associated Press


In this Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, file photo cashier Liz Moore, right, checks out customers Christie Meeks, center, and Lisa Starnes, left, at a Kohl's store in Concord, N.C. Many kinds of chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores. A booming economy, which has shoppers spending more freely, and companies' own efforts in trying to Amazon-proof their business is driving people's mood to spend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) - The Associated Press


FILE- In this May 30, 2018, file photo, a shopper walks through the updated cosmetic department at a Target store in San Antonio. "There's no doubt that, like others, we're currently benefiting from a very strong consumer environment, perhaps the strongest I've seen in my career," Target CEO Brian Cornell told investors. Target saw sales at established stores post the strongest growth in 13 years. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) - The Associated Press


In this Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, photo Mark Vega, 7, left, looks inside his family's cart as parents Frankie Vega, center, and Kimberly Vega, right, shop at a Kohl's store in Concord, N.C. Many kinds of chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores. A booming economy, which has shoppers spending more freely, and companies' own efforts in trying to Amazon-proof their business is driving people's mood to spend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) - The Associated Press


In this Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, photo Heather Camacuari, of Charlotte, N.C., shops for clothing at a Kohl's store in Concord, N.C. Many kinds of chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores. A booming economy, which has shoppers spending more freely, and companies' own efforts in trying to Amazon-proof their business is driving people's mood to spend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) - The Associated Press


FILE- In this May 23, 2017, file photo, an employee adjusts a television display at a Best Buy in Cary, N.C. Many kinds of old-guard chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, and are raising their outlooks for the year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) - The Associated Press


In this Aug. 28, 2018, photo Luke Vega, 7, left, looks in a cart with his mother Kimberly Vega, right, as they shop at a Kohl's store in Concord, N.C. Many kinds of chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores. A booming economy, which has shoppers spending more freely, and companies' own efforts in trying to Amazon-proof their business is driving people's mood to spend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) - The Associated Press