One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.


"In a worrisome sign for retailers, data released on Saturday showed that sales rose a scant 0.5 percent on the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season despite early signs of a strong showing."

"A focus on bargains pulled shoppers into stores and onto websites over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but many said they would stick to their budgets and avoid purchases if they could not find a good deal." [If we'd done this all along we would not be in this economic turmoil!]

"In 2008, Black Friday sales measured by ShopperTrak rose 3 percent compared to the prior year's Black Friday. Last year's entire holiday season marked the worst performance in nearly 40 years. The firm stuck by its forecast for total holiday sales to rise 1.6 percent this year compared to 2008."

"I figured Black Friday would be up 1 (percent or) maybe 2 percent, just because of the deal-consciousness of folks," said Patricia Edwards, founder and chief investment officer of Storehouse Partners, an investment advisory firm based in Bellevue, Washington. She noted that early November deals from stores and online promotions also may have diverted traffic."

"Shoppers spent 35 percent more on Black Friday web purchases than a year earlier, with the average order value reaching $170.19, according to online retail analytics company Coremetrics. Those shoppers bought an average of 5.4 items per order, up from 4.6 items last year, Coremetrics said." (Reuters Article)



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