BOSTON (CBS) – Though the full results from tax-free weekend have not yet been tallied, early returns show it was the busiest stretch for businesses since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jon Hurst of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts said a survey was sent out to members and some results were released Monday afternoon.

A total of 60% of businesses surveyed reported their sales were up over last year’s tax holiday.

“But it is safe to say this past weekend was the best weekend since February and the start of the health/economic crisis,” Hurst said. “Hopefully this will create some momentum through Back to School and the holidays sales season.”

On Saturday and Sunday, most retail items of up to $2,500 purchased in the state for personal use were tax free, helping both shoppers, and local businesses.

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts said 80% of its members are reporting sales that are down from this point in 2019.

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