Retailers say the near-annual sales tax holiday weekend that just ended likely produced higher sales and traffic than in previous years, proving to be a crucial crutch to get them through an otherwise quiet shopping period. At Percy’s, a television and appliance store in Worcester, vice president of sales Alan Lavine said sales this past weekend exceeded the previous year’s tax holiday by a considerable amount--somewhere in the high single digits. He said he noticed many customers buying necessary goods.
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