Home Decor Retailers Try To Boost Holiday Sales In A Tough Year

Home improvement retailers are trying to make up for a tough year by sprucing up their aisles with items and offers not usually seen in their stores.

Retailers generally expect the holiday season to be a nail-biter, with most expecting only small gains in sales volumes compared with last year. It's even worse for the home improvement retailers.

Consumers nationwide are forecast to spend only around 94 dollars on home and holiday furnishings this season, down from last year's 115 dollars. But stores are doing what they can to lure customers.

Pottery Barn stores are offering holiday decorating classes and special shopping hours, and customers who attend receive a complimentary Pottery Barn design book.

At Home Depot's Web site, customers can watch comedian and actor Steve Harvey talk about ways to prepare their home for the holidays, from floor installation to holiday decor.