Labor Day sales best time for back-to-school shopping

Max Smith,

WASHINGTON – Just in time to outfit the kids for the first few weeks of school, ShopItToMe says this is the best time of year to buy clothes, shoes or accessories.

Looking at more than 150 online retailers in 2011, the site finds Labor Day weekend had steeper discounts than any other time of year, with average discounts of more than 48 percent from the third week of August into the second week of September.

The site says now is especially a good time to buy sunglasses, swimsuits, sweaters and jewelry. It also suggests shopping online early in the morning to get the best variety.

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