National Retail Federation
Believe it or not, back-to-school shopping has already begun. Parents are getting the chore out of the way early, to take advantage of sales and make sure they get the goods before retailers sell out.
The National Retail Federation said Americans spend more than $17 billion on Valentine’s Day, including $3 million on candy.
Stores are hoping Americans who’ve been tight-fisted with their money will get the last-minute itch to buy in the final week of the holiday shopping season.
Black Friday 2013 was so big it couldn’t fit into just one day. Holiday shoppers were out in full force Friday night. Some of the nation’s biggest stores have been open since Thursday night.
With Thanksgiving here and gone and Chanukah in full effect, the mad rush of the holiday shopping season officially kicks off with Black Friday.
This year, there are six fewer days to shop between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are four full shopping weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, compared with five last year.
The National Retail Federation said the average family will spend about $700 this year on school supplies.
The extension came after the union and an alliance of port operators and shipping lines resolved one of the stickier points in their months-long contract negotiations, involving royalty payments to the longshoremen for each container they unload.
This year, the 34th Street Partnership counted 21,966 shopping bags. The group counted 17,290 bags last year, marking a 27 percent increase this year.
Americans clicked away for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history.
For the overall holiday season, research firm comScore predicts online sales will be up 17 percent to $43.4 billion. And the firm expects online sales to surpass 10 percent of total retail spending this holiday season.
Shoppers hungry for deals were filling stores across the region, hoping to score big ticket items at small prices.
A big Thanksgiving tradition usually comes a day after the holiday, but now more and more stores are starting Black Friday on Thursday.
The dock workers at ports from Maine to Texas are in a contract dispute with shipping companies.
The clock is ticking and stores are coming closer to closing as Christmas Eve comes to an end. But as those hours wind down, so do the opportunities to buy last-minute Christmas gifts.