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Shoppers Hit Stores for Returns, After-Christmas Deals

shop-picLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Shoppers were flocking to stores on Wednesday to make returns and take advantage of post-Christmas sales.

Many stores opened early and deals were everywhere, as retailers put their best foot forward in the face of lackluster sales this holiday season.

Stores are hoping that people will show up on Dec. 26 to make returns, use their gift cards and score Black Friday-like bargains.

Target stores are opening earlier and closing later the day after Christmas.

Toys R Us is rolling out new waves of deals including “buy one, get one half off” specials on books and board games.

And Macy’s has launched a “Week of Wonderful” to roll out new savings on apparel and home goods.

Retail experts predict the day after Christmas will be among the top five shopping days of the year.

Just what kind of holiday season it was financially won’t be known for sure until after New Year’s.

The National Retail Federation estimated that holiday cash registers would ring up $586.1 billion, up 4.1% from a year earlier. But in recent weeks, merchants have expressed doubts about hitting that mark.

One man who spoke to KTLA on Wednesday said he was getting a start on his shopping for next year. He said he saved more than $400 on his purchases.

If the crowds at the malls turn you off, online retailers are also offering plenty of deals, along with free shipping.

For a list of some of the best after-Christmas deals, visit: http://afterchristmas2012.com/.

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