published Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Top 5: Which Tennessee cities saw the biggest Christmas sales increases?

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    Jaxson Thurman, 6, her grandfather Michael Keene and her brother Damian, 7, browse the fragrance section of Dillards on Thursday while Christmas shopping.
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Among Tennessee's 10 metropolitan areas, the biggest year-over-year sales gains during the Christmas holidays in December were in:

1 Cleveland, up 14.1 percent

2 Morristown, up 13.3 percent

3 Knoxville, up 8.4 percent

4 Clarksville, up 8.1 percent

5 Nashville, up 8 percent

Source: Taxable sales for December, collected in January, for metro areas as compiled by the Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center.

Tennessee sales in December averaged 7.4 percent above the year-ago level

Metropolitan Chattanooga sales in December were up 6.9 percent above a year ago.

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