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Destiny hopes to beat national sales this season

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Destiny hopes to beat national sales this season
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Across the country, retailers have been bemoaning a drop off in Christmas shopping during the last few days of the season. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Bill Carey has more.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Overall, nationwide, sales are estimated to have been down by just over three percent. Traffic at traditional brick and mortar stores was reported off by more than 20 percent from a year ago.

But at Destiny USA, they think they have bucked the trend, in the part because of the "newness" of the facility. This marks the first Christmas when most of its new expansion is open for business.

"Most of the retailers with Destiny are going to see increases in holiday sales from the year before. Haven't got all of our numbers in yet, but we're hearing some positive things from the shops here at Destiny," said Rob Schoeneck, Destiny USA Manager.

"We love going to shopping malls, so we had to come over here to see what was happening. See what the sales are like. And just get a chance to have the whole experience of the mall," said Nancy Sanow, Shopper.

The expanded mall was filled with shoppers, many hunting down post-Christmas bargains. Others just lining up to return gifts that didn't quite fill the bill.

"My mom didn't know if I wanted an Xbox or the PS4. But, I wanted the Xbox, cause I'm an Xbox guy. So now here I am, returning the PS4," said James Fazio, Shopper.

In addition to strong local traffic, the mall was also seeing a post-Christmas boost from Canadian shoppers, off on Boxing Day excursions.

"I think by 9 o'clock we had five buses that were down from Canada that had unloaded passengers and people had already gotten the jump on the early shopping the day after Christmas," said Schoeneck.

Destiny says it should be a few weeks before it has final figures on the Christmas sales season, but it expects to have beaten the national trend.

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