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Final Thanksgiving weekend shoppers were just browsing

Associated Press

— The last of the Thanksgiving weekend shoppers headed to the stores, many with no plan but to find a bargain.

Some who roamed Denver's Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Sunday said they came seeking gift ideas and to browse, as opposed to Thursday and Friday shoppers who sought specific items and deals.

Katie Ryan, 65, of Fort Collins, who shopped with her daughter, Jessica Kurtz, 36, said she usually prefers unique items from specialty stores, craft fairs and boutiques. But both say they'll likely spend more this year because they feel hopeful about President-Elect Donald Trump's economy.

"When you're feeling good about things and you think you're going to have more money in your pocket, you tend to probably spend more for the holidays," Ryan said. "I feel unfettered right now in that I'll be able to purchase more and not be worried about the financial status of what's going on in our country."

Josh McGrath, 40, of Gillette, Wyo., agreed. He was at the mall before he planned to attend the Denver Broncos game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but usually prefers to shop online to avoid the crowds. He, too, said he will be more inclined to shop this year because a Trump presidency brings the promise of a better financial future and stable jobs in the coal mining community of Gillette, where he owns a real estate business.

"Nothing has changed at this point in time, but you're given hope that your community will bounce back," he said. "You feel comfortable spending a little more because you're going to make a little more money next year."

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They were among the more than 154 million customers who said they had shopped or planned to this Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million a year ago, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

Going online

More shoppers were going online, as about 99.1 million went to the stores and 108.5 million shopped online.