The headlines say Girl Scout cookie sales are crumbling. Some troops are seeing as large as a 19% drop in pre-order sales.
Locally, scouts are faring a little better.
Officials with the Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council in Lexington say sales in this area are only down about 3%.
They attribute the drop to the slow economy and recent bad weather. The big ice and snow storms really took a bite out a key sales time.
That 3% drop in sales could have a big impact here locally. It works out to be about $70,000, and if that money isn't made up during direct sales efforts, the Girl Scout council here in Lexington may have to cut programs or services.
Lexington leaders say they've fared better than in some other parts of the country because they have a bigger sales force. Membership is up in Lexington 6% as compared to last school year.
Customers will begin receiving their pre-ordered cookies over the next two weeks.
Direct sales will begin next week. The scouts will have booths at Fayette Mall, as well as several area Walmart, Kroger and Lowes stores