BOSTON (CBS) —-Last weekend’s sales tax holiday was a big success with at least $500 million spent, according to retail analysts.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

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The holiday gave a much-needed boost to retailers, with usually slow sales in August.

According to Jon Hurst of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, the weekend brought as many sales as a December weekend.

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“It came at a great time because consumer confidence is beginning to drop again a little bit,” Hurst said. “Where sales have been flat or down, the sales tax holiday gave us a little bump.”

The sales tax holiday which does away with the 6-and-a-quarter-percent sales tax, has been criticized by some for only giving retailers a temporary boost but supporters say the amount of money it pumps into the local economy is significant.

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Hurst also says the sales tax holiday increases impulse spending, which helps local retailers.