We won't know until the end of January how successful the 2013 Christmas sales season was in Michigan, but state retailers are encouraged.

Michigan retailers went into the Christmas season with six fewer shopping days and one less weekend compared to 2012, then the ice storm hit causing havoc for many consumers.

However, all in all, Tom Scott of the Michigan Retailers Association, says last minute sales were much better than expected and other factors helped out...like moderate gas prices and a steady state unemployment rate

Prior to the season, Michigan retailers predicted an average one-point-three percent gain in Christmas sales this year, but Scott says they could equal pre-season National Retail Association projections of three-to-three-point-nine percent improvement over the 2012 season.