Forecast for holiday shopping is positivefor now.

Theholiday shopping forecast is good, for now.{}Increasing optimism around the country about the current economiccondition is expected to have a positive effect during the holiday shoppingseason. {}

Accordingto The National Retail Federation Americans are expected to spend more than $600billion during the holiday shopping season this year.

Theforecast could change if the current government shutdown continues to long andshoppers lose confidence in the economy.