The More the Merrier

If you saw your fourth-quarter sales slip last year due to a slow holiday season, now is the time to start forming your game plan for a stronger showing in 2009. According to The Conference Board in New York, N.Y., consumer confidence rose more than expected in August, an indication that shoppers’ outlook on the economy may be improving.

Although it’s difficult to gauge when the recession will begin to abate—even business experts find it impossible to come up with a solid forecast or corresponding numbers—there are things you can do to encourage customers to bring their holiday shopping lists through your doors.