Shoppers pick up last-minute gifts for Christmas
Procrastinators hit the stores Friday, hoping to find last-minute gifts for their loved ones just hours before Christmas.
Many shoppers say they were forced to shop last-minute because of their busy schedules. In addition to last-minute gifts, some people were seen picking up holiday decorations.
"Lights for my Christmas tree on Christmas Eve...first time ever," said Bridget Clarke, of Yonkers. "This has never happened before."
The National Retail Federation is estimating that this holiday season will bring in $451.5 billion for retailers. That number is up 3.3 percent from last year. It is also the biggest year-over-year increase since 2006.
The profit, the organization says, is due to crunch-time purchases.