A weekend washout across much of Massachusetts may have boosted consumer spending — and savings — during a sales tax holiday.
“That keeps people from going to the beach or the pool and they think, ‘Why not do some shopping and stay dry indoors?’ ” said Bill Rennie, vice president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. “It looks like it was a very successful weekend. Some stores are reporting a 40 percent increase over sales for the same weekend last year. Some even well above that.”