Last-Minute Shoppers Heading Hitting Malls in Large Numbers

December 24, 2003 - Posted at 10:45 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Holiday shoppers in Arkansas are hitting the malls and retail stores for some last-minute shopping on this Christmas Eve.

Retailers say they are having a respectable year, but analysts say the lack of must-have items is putting a damper on some holiday sales.

Bentonville-based Wal-Mart says it expects sales at stores open at least a year to come in at the low end of its projected three percent to five percent increase.  Wal-Mart says it will release weekly sales figures on Friday, earlier than its usual Monday release.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)