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August 5th, 2009Tax holiday big success

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by Natalie Chandler
ClarionLedger.com

Mississippi retailers are reporting big business from the state’s first sales tax holiday, including stores and restaurants not eligible to participate in the two-day event.

Meanwhile, supporters are talking about the possibility of a three-day event next year to include more tax-free items, such as school supplies.

Traffic jammed roads, stores and parking lots statewide Friday and Saturday as shoppers enjoyed a 7 percent break on clothing and footwear priced under $100.

“It was wonderful. Could we have another one next weekend, please?” said Derenda Hancock, manager of Up the Creek Grill in Flowood. The eatery in the Dogwood Festival Market saw a 35 percent increase in business, she said.

Thomas Iupe, owner of TC’s Uniforms, said he saw the same hike at his school uniform store.

“I know the state’s making a sacrifice, but with the economy the way it is, it gave us a boost,” he said.

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