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Ski Haus employee Arlie Chapman rings up a post-Christmas sale at the local outdoor store earlier this week. Business was steady after the holidays bring smiles to the faces of retailers looking for a strong finish to 2007.

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Last-minute shoppers drive sales

Merchants saw improvement over 2006, but still long-term lows

After getting off to a slow start earlier this month, holiday sales boomed in Steamboat Springs the week before Christmas, but still fell short of previous years for most local retailers.

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