Jul 17, 2010 7:52 PM by Matt Stafford

Springs shoppers are getting more confident

Summer days can mean busy days at the mall.

"Looks pretty busy out," says Jessica Sims, a shopper at Citadel Mall. "Hard to find parking," Sims says.

However, people will still fight those crowds.

"We had furniture moved into our house and so we're out browsing," Sims says.

Spending money seems to have been easier for Colorado Springs shoppers recently. The most recent sales tax report for the city is showing a nice bump.

"Every category is positive compared to a year ago," Fred Crowley, senior economist with U.C.C.S. forum. "That just never happens."

Crowley says 4,500 jobs added locally this year, along with the return of 3,500 Fort Carson soldiers are helping.

"The combination really has stimulated the economy in terms of spending right now," Crowley says.

The numbers just in are from May; about when the 4th B.C.T. soldiers were coming home from Afghanistan.

To Crowley, the soldiers coming home obviously helped with the increased numbers.

"Every category you can imagine, they participate, and they've been saving for a year trying to build up to this," Crowley says.

However, just as that homecoming helped, 3,800 soldiers are on there way out - probably causing just as big of a negative effect.

But Crowley isn't worried, he says this month's numbers are a sign that things are getting back on track.

"Overall, really, things are just doing so much better for the economy right now."


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