Holiday retail sales are projected to rise 2.3 percent this year across the nation, according to the National Retail Federation.
That's below the average of 2.5 percent but would be a big improvement over last year's 0.4 percent increase and the 3.9 percent decline in 2008.
In Sedgwick County, retail sales have been lagging behind last year.
The September state sales tax collections show that retail sales in Sedgwick County lag 1.3 percent behind last year. Collections in September, which reflect sales mostly made in July, were down 3.4 percent.