Content about Christmas and holiday season

October 17, 2011

U.S. retail sales in September grew at their fastest pace in six months, beating forecasts and rising 1.1%, the Commerce Department reported. Excluding the auto sector, sales rose 0.6%, also better than expected. The increase gave retailers renewed hope for the upcoming holiday season. 

The Commerce Department also reported that sales for August, which were originally reported as unchanged, were revised up to a 0.3% increase.

October 11, 2011

Retailers that enjoyed robust sales during the 2010 holiday season should not expect a repeat performance, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The Washington, D.C., trade organization predicted a 2.8% increase this year, totaling $465.6 billion. In 2010, holiday retail sales rose 5.2% over the previous year, according to the NRF. The 10-year average holiday sales increase is 2.6%.

October 4, 2011

A survey conducted in September at the annual Shop.org Retail Summit in Boston showed that that almost half of all retailers surveyed planned to offer eGifting this holiday season and 44% were looking at location-based deals as a key element of their mobile marketing strategy.

December 15, 2010

A study of consumer shopping habits in the tools and storage categories indicates a willingness to trade advice from knowledgeable staff for a wider assortment of goods. These were the conclusions from a survey conducted this month by The NPD Group, a market research firm based in Port Washington, N.Y.

Eighty-four percent of respondents indicated they prefer purchasing storage/organization and tool products at larger stores with many offerings, rather than at smaller stores with consultative sales staff, but limited stock.

December 1, 2010

If the 2010 holidays are anything like last year, grills, drills and hand tools are...

October 12, 2010

The increase in retail sales to $447.1 billion in November and December will be the...

December 14, 2008

Has the Grinch stolen Christmas?...

December 14, 2008

Facing the prospects of a weak holiday selling season, many hardware stores are trying to...

December 7, 2008

Listen to the clamor in the media and marketplace, and you might believe that the...

December 4, 2008

The International Council of Shopping Centers attributes the decline in same-store sales performance to the...

October 8, 2008

Pre-paid bankcards, offered by Visa and American Express, will continue to be the most desired...

September 17, 2008

Retail Forward predicts the weakest holiday sales since 1991, with a 1 percent decline in...

August 10, 2008

Still, the International Council of Shopping Centers noted the gain was “softer” than the 4.2...

June 29, 2008

Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards offer a variety of special offers for the holiday....

February 10, 2008

Since the start of the 2000s, Ace, True Value and Do it Best have all...

December 16, 2007

Home channel retailers are doing what they can to lift holiday sales, while projections from...

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