Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales edge up


Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales at brick-and-mortar stores rose 2.3% on year to $12.3B, ShopperTrak estimates.

The research firm reiterates its forecast that sales for the whole of the holiday season will increase 2.4%, the weakest growth since 2009.

Foot traffic for both days grew 2.8% to over 1.07B store visits.

Online sales +20% on Thanksgiving and +19% on Black Friday, says IBM.

Mobile traffic accounted for almost 40% of all online visits on Friday. Mobile sales rose to 26% of total online sales on Thursday and were around 22% on Friday.

Increased store openings on Thanksgiving seem to have eaten into sales on Black Friday, while online transactions again took business away from physical purchases.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that consumers came with plans of what they wanted to buy, with the result that there was much less impulse shopping. (PR)

More on Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

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Comments (17)
  • Russ Winter
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    Retailers tried some smoke and mirrors as at least a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving. the results was that combined spending over Thanksgiving and Black Friday rose 2.3 percent. Only a headline seeking algo would be impressed with that.

     

    Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that's typically the busiest shopping day of the year experienced a 13.2 percent drop from a year ago, according to data released Saturday afternoon by retail research firm ShopperTrak.
    1 Dec 2013, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • Darren McCammon
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    You already said what I planned on saying. A 2.3% increase for being open two days instead of one is not impressive.
    1 Dec 2013, 06:33 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Lower Black Friday numbers could be a result of sales starting on a week ago. Not sure why things keep getting pushed back, but it could be because of the "shorter" Holiday shopping season. How sad that I know any of this.
    All shopping done online and delivered UPS. What can Brown do for you?
    1 Dec 2013, 09:17 AM Reply Like
  • CraigPowell
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    May be the bad weather made it also lower?
    1 Dec 2013, 11:38 AM Reply Like
  • gregvasko
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    The postal service is delivering more and more of UPS's packages. What can Blue do for you?
    1 Dec 2013, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    g:

     

    Am watching 60 Minutes segment on Amazon, where Jeff Bezos demonstrated for the first time an automated drone package delivery system which he says he expects to be operational within next five years. If I were the CEO of Fedex or UPS, and watching this tonight, I'd be looking for my anti-nausea medication.
    1 Dec 2013, 08:16 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Anticipation of higher heating cost through Jan 2014,Property tx due right after Christmas,unsure of the cost ACA on personal and family budgets...
    1 Dec 2013, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    It's the same refrain every year, assessments that sales are or will be "disappointing," this while overall in-store sales advance, even in the face of defections to and massive growth in online purchases.
    1 Dec 2013, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    It will be a good holiday shopping environment this year as the economy continues to improve modestly. As an ex-retailer, I say a lot of shoppers tend to embrace the season at some point and put some worries on a back burner. The exception years were 2007 (consumer tapped out) & 2008 (financial meltdown).
    1 Dec 2013, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • Ryan Sullivan
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    So sales rose at the rate of inflation? Congrats, B&M retailers. You held your ground.
    1 Dec 2013, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • ggillin
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    WMT has not been selling gift cards in some stores for over a week!!!!!!

     

    Not available in New Haven CT.
    1 Dec 2013, 04:27 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    NHPD must be real tense.
    1 Dec 2013, 05:47 PM Reply Like
  • ggillin
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    No Gift cards – Looks like WMT is desperate to push physical inventory.

     

    Where are the channel checkers?
    1 Dec 2013, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Maybe after Christmas ?
    2 Dec 2013, 12:05 AM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    I doubt after Christmas things will get better 2014 has headwinds.

     

    There is tightening in home loan quality so taxpayers will loose less to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when things go sour again which is needed now that the Federal Reserve can't afford to give it liquidity by buying up their mortgages since they don't even have enough to support lower long term US Treasuries anymore.

     

    Obamacare is a giant added tax on businesses/employers and will come out of the hides of workers unless they just drop health care coverage and make the employees pay it all. That means less discretionary spending too.

     

    Total employment as a percentage of the population continues to drop and calls to increase the minimum wage will only speed up the move to automation and replacing employees with anything they don't need to pay salaries, healthcare, workers compensation, social security, etc. to.
    2 Dec 2013, 02:43 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    It looks good on paper and in the pulpit the ACA,Interest rates are creeping up,and the wise are creating their own asset bubbles.

     

    Salute you for your wisdom and courage.^
    2 Dec 2013, 06:36 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Comments (18384) | Send Message
     
    ggillin,you called it spot on.
    2 Dec 2013, 01:54 PM Reply Like
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