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  • DTR9020 DTR9020 Nov 26, 1999 1:35 PM Flag

    hey mike you dont think it would hurt

    holiday shoppers, flush with cash from a booming
    economy, hit stores at dawn on Friday on one of the
    busiest shopping days of the year as traditional
    retailers battled with Internet sites for consumer
    dollars.

    For mall mavens and e-enthusiasts alike, Pokemon was
    the must-have toy. The cartoon character -- star of
    trading cards, television shows and a new movie -- tops
    wish lists for millions of kids this
    year.

    However, mall traffic was lighter than normal in the early
    hours, according to John Konarski, vice president of
    research with the International Council of Shopping
    Centers, perhaps because toy makers loaded up on
    everything Pokemon. Unlike prior years when parents fought
    for limited supplies of Furby or Tickle Me Elmo
    items, there was plenty of Pokemon.

    ``It's a
    little slow,'' Konarski said. ``I think that the reason
    for this is because there is no big, hot toy that
    drove customers in this morning. There isn't one
    Pokemon thing that is really popular. Everything about
    Pokemon is hot, and there is a lot of it
    available.''

    Still, shoppers gathered at New York metropolitan area
    malls as early as 5 a.m. (1000 GMT). The reason? The
    early bird catches the Pokemon. Consumers were saying
    it was going to be a ``Pokemon Christmas,'' and if
    they didn't get to the malls early, they would miss
    out on the prime Pokemon picks.

    Pamela Rucker,
    a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation,
    said traffic at malls she visited in New Jersey and
    New York was fairly strong, with most shoppers
    flocking to toy stores, many of which opened early to meet
    demand.

    ``A lot of people are in toy stores, leaving with
    bags full of toys,'' Rucker said. ``Macy's Herald
    Square was literally shoulder-to-shoulder. That's good.
    It's going to set the tenor for the rest of the
    season.''

    Rucker said cool, rainy weather along much of the East
    Coast should help apparel retailers move winter
    clothing, which had been neglected on the racks after
    several weeks of unseasonably warm weather.

    Mall
    operator Taubman Centers Inc. (NYSE:TCO - news) said there
    were 200 shoppers lined up outside its Grand

 
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