Steep discounts on clothes, toys and electronics enticed shoppers to stores over the weekend, but they still are making fewer purchases leading into the final stretch of the holiday shopping season.

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Steep discounts on clothes, toys and electronics enticed shoppers to stores over the weekend, but they still are making fewer purchases leading into the final stretch of the holiday shopping season.

Based on early reports from analysts and malls, sales results were generally mixed to moderately down even as store traffic appeared strong.

Shoppers came to stores for the discounts but largely stuck to their lists and basic items like clothing, analysts say.

Results were mixed across the country, with electronics still doing well and stores like Costco Wholesale crowded.

“It wasn’t as good as last year, but it wasn’t as doom and gloom as everyone was expecting,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market-research group NPD Group.