Sales Tax Holiday Popular with Ohio Back-To-School Shoppers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s first sales tax holiday appears to have been a hit with back-to-school shoppers.

The numbers won’t be available and analyzed for economic impacts until later, but the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants says anecdotal reports are that consumers were out in force to take advantage. Some retailers offered sales specials on top of the tax holiday to keep checkout lines busy.

The tax break over the weekend was on clothing and footwear items under $75 and for classroom supplies that cost $20 or less. Items priced higher than those limits weren’t eligible for the tax savings.

Similar holidays have been popular in other states.

The retail merchants council has said 1.1 million children and 500,000 college students the state will be returning to school this fall.