After December strength made up for a shaky November, holiday retail sales for 2019 increased 4.1% versus the year-prior period to $730.2 billion, the National Retail Federation reported.
Black Friday was tops again for holiday traffic during the 2019 retail season, according to ShopperTrak.
More than half of consumers began shopping for the holiday by the first week of November and almost a quarter of purchases were made by then, according to an annual survey published by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
Portmeirion Group has introduced the 2019 Spode Christmas Tree Collection. The 2019 collection features the brand’s iconic Christmas Tree design and a new pattern of snowflakes and holly berries.
ShopperTrak store traffic data for the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, November 18 through Saturday, December 29, 2018, came in with slightly lower overall totals versus the period in the year earlier, but late season shoppers helped ensure that brick-and-mortar retailers saw a relatively successful holiday sales period before the calendar flipped to 2019.
More than 40% of holiday shoppers surveyed expect to finish their holiday gift shopping by today, December 19, but the biggest procrastinators will still be buying gifts through Christmas Eve, according to the annual consumer sentiment survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
The website Offers.com conducted a holiday survey of 1,500 consumers in the U.S. that determined the average shopper will spend $625 on seasonal gifts this year.
So, just what does tick off consumers shopping for the holidays?
For the five-day shopping period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, Wayfair said it has achieved a 58% increase year over year in direct retail gross sales, defined as dollars of order intake, on products including home furnishings and housewares.
According to Adobe Digital Insights, United States online holiday spending looks to increase 14.8% year-over-year to $124.1 billion.
Results emerging from the 33rd annual Deloitte holiday shopping survey include a second year of online shopping gains as consumers said they expect to spend 57% of their budgets online and 36% in brick and mortar stores.
Artist Cyndi Lauper recently teamed with Grandin Road for a holiday home décor and entertaining collection. The collection, Cyndi Lauper Loves Christmas, is available for a limited time only at the retailer.
Fitz and Floyd, a division of Lifetime Brands, and Coleen Christian Burke, White House designer, received the Icon Honors Award for innovation for the First Ladies Collection of holiday tableware, décor and ornaments at a reception held July 12 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.