The department store had been consistently busy but she had
come across a range of people saying they had not started
shopping, and others saying they had finished.
She believed customers were in a different mind-set, because
they had two full weeks of shopping available to them before
Christmas, and she expected the next 10 days to be the
Macklins manager Peter Dagg said the build-up to Christmas
had been "slow" but the last few days had been "encouraging".
"I think people are buying smaller gifts [and] generally
people are spending less."
This tighter spending is reflected in the amount of donations
the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has received so far this year.
Gifts given to the appeal, which supports the Salvation Army,
are down 38% in Dunedin and 10% nationally, compared with the
same time last year.
Just 7610 gifts have been given so far, well short of the
campaign's target of 30,000.
Kmart's New Zealand manager, Sue Smith, encouraged people to
help make another's Christmas a happy one.