La Prensa reports that many shops in Esteli are having a hard time making ends meet. 2 long time stores have closed their doors due to lack of sales. Others have reduced their employees to bare minimums.

Annually Esteli has an event that encourages for Christmas purchasing, this year it will be held from December 8-15. It is called "Noches de Compras". Stores are hoping to catch back up to where they should be this time of the year, progressing rather than degressing.