holiday shopping

Mastercard: Holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

Mastercard: Holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retailers and shoppers have gotten an early start on this year’s holiday shopping season, and that should help lift overall sales. During this newly expanded holiday season, running from October 11 through December 24, Mastercard SpendingPulse is forecasting a 2.4% increase in U.S. retail sales (excluding automotive and gas) compared to the

NPD Group: Free shipping key for holiday shoppers

NPD Group: Free shipping key for holiday shoppers

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Consumers are always looking for deals, but a study from NPD Group suggests that free shipping is what shoppers most desire this holiday season. NPD’s annual holiday purchase intentions study found that this year, free shipping, for the first time, was identified as the No. 1 factor that will determine where

Target adds safety measures for holiday shopping

Target adds safety measures for holiday shopping

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is rolling out new safety measures for the holiday shopping season, the company said on Thursday. “Year over year, the investments we’ve made in our business and team have made Target the easiest place to shop in America.” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement. ” As we’ve navigated the

NRF: Consumers to spend less this holiday season

NRF: Consumers to spend less this holiday season

WASHINGTON – Consumers expect to spend a bit less this holiday season, according to the annual survey released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Most of that decline will stem from consumers making less use of holiday sales for non-gift purchases. Buying presents for friends and family will still be

COVID fears drive holiday trends

NEW YORK – A majority of holiday shoppers will avoid brick-and-mortar stores this year because of the threat of the coronavirus, according to a new consumer survey. The survey also suggests that consumers will be spending less this year and doing relatively more holiday shopping online. Those venturing into stores will be paying attention to

Target Deal Days to kick off holiday season

Target Deal Days to kick off holiday season

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. will kick off the holiday shopping season with its Target Deal Days sales event on October 13 and 14. The retailer said its holiday sales push this year will include nearly 1 million more deals than last year, Black Friday pricing throughout November and an extended Price Match Guarantee. “This year,

Dollar General announces holiday initiatives

Dollar General announces holiday initiatives

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — With the year-end holidays approaching, Dollar General announced it is offering customers everyday low prices on thousands of items useful in celebrating “affordably and in style,” with a holiday assortment that includes home décor in trendy themes, gifts for family and friends, fashionable apparel for winter weather and food and snack items.

Holiday sales outlook

NEW YORK — With disposable personal income climbing and consumer confidence up across the U.S., some organizations are forecasting that the holiday shopping season could bring robust sales for retailers to cap off what was a very rough year. Deloitte LLP said it expects retailers to see holiday sales growth of as much as 4.5%.