*There are roughly 1,175 malls in the United States, which generate $308
billion in annual sales. On Black Friday 2010, retailers at shopping
malls reported sales of $10.7 billion, an increase of 0.3% from 2009.
*The National Retail Federation considers the “holiday shopping” season
to be the full months of November and December, which is usually 55
*Coined by the National Retail Federation in 2005 to generate consumer
excitement, Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) is the online
equivalent of Black Friday. In 2009, Cyber Monday generated $887
million ($1.028 billion in 2010).
*The busiest shopping day of the year is not Black Friday, but the
Saturday before Christmas. The busiest online shopping day takes place
on the Monday or Tuesday a week or two before the week of Christmas.
*In A Charlie Brown Christmas how much does Lucy charge Charlie
Brown for psychiatric advice? 5 cents.
*Researchers have proven that a “50% off” sign leads in increased sales,
even if shoppers don’t know the original price or what a reasonable
price for the product would be.
*All 364 items in the popular song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” would
cost $96,824 in 2010, an increase of 10.8% from last year. Just one of
everything would cost $23,439, which is a 9.2% increase from 2009.
*The average holiday shopper will spend $107.50 on themselves.
*Frosty the Snowman's tickets to the North Pole cost $3000.04.
*Many “door buster deals” advertised on Black Friday, such as those on
expensive items (like HDTVs), are typically in very limited
supplies—maybe just 4-6 per store—and act merely as lures to attract
*Real Christmas trees are a $1.2 billion per year business.
*When a salesperson asks a shopper which of several items she or he
prefers, the shopper will often skip the question “Should I buy? and
instead ask “Which one should I buy?
*The average planned spending for shoppers who have already started
their holiday shopping is $734, compared to $1,044 in 2010, $544 in
2009, $602 in 2008, $1,068 in 2007, and $1,093 in 2006. The average for
those who have not started their shopping is $591, compared to $441 in
2010, $329 in 2009, $316 in 2008, $724 in 2007, and $616 in 2006.
*A total of 42% of shoppers say they plan to make holiday purchases from
catalogs and other direct marketers.
*In telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,100 adults nationwide
conducted November 17 through 20, 2011, the average planned spending of
$658 for 2011 is down nearly 2% from average planned spending in the
*According to the National Retail Federation, 40% of consumers
started Christmas shopping before Halloween.
*A 2011 survey by Consumer Reports shows 14.1 million or 6% of Americans
were still paying off credit card purchases from the 2010 holiday.
This is an increase from 13.6 million in 2009.
*Nearly 10 million artificial Christmas trees will be sold this year.
*In 1851 Mark Carr hauled two ox carts of Catskill evergreen trees to
Greenwich Village in New York City & sold them for $1 a piece becoming
the first commercial tree seller of note.
*On average, it takes five trips to the mall to complete all holiday
*Read "This December
Day In Financial History"
*What dollar denominations did Charlie Brown's little sister Sally want
Santa to bring her? Tens and twenties.