I went to atleast 4 malls in california and I saw walmart jam packed and mall stores are very full.No place to park from 10 A.M. till 2:00 P.M. I know mervyns did exceptionally well because register lane was so long that it took 1 hour to checkout. I went to wetseal and they had good sales.But since I did not go there last year ,so can't compare. But My experince was that atleast 5%-10% more rush on this day.Overall I see retail did very well.I don't think consumer is dead as gloomy investor keep predicting sitting on there desk and never moving out of room. Lets see how numbers come up for retail on monday.My feeling is they may have done much better than most think.
I went in around 11 A.M. .There was rush in Wetseal and there was line. I went to mall again around 6:30 P.M. .There was less crowd in mall and wetseal also had register guys were filled ,but not like in morning. My problem I don't know how was line in last year to make any comparison.But I still feel they did probably better than most of people expected.