NEW YORK – With the 2007 run-up toboosted by a last-minute sales surge, retailers are putting an extra emphasis on after-Christmas discounts, hoping bargain shoppers and gift-card splurgers can enrich stores’ holidays.
Toys “R” Us Inc., which will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, two hours earlier than last year, will offer such deals as 40 percent price cuts on all MP3 and iPod accessories.. is offering 50-75 percent off cashmere sweaters, while . has cut prices on fur coats by 40 percent to 60 percent.
Online stores were also slashing prices further to get rid of holiday leftovers. Potterybarn.com is having a post-Christmas sale that will offer 60 percent discounts on holiday decor and 50 percent price cuts on rugs.
The post-Christmas season has become more important with the increasing popularity of gift cards. Gift card sales are only recorded on retailers’ balance sheet when cards are redeemed.
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