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Shoppers Will Have Merry Christmas, Retailers Get Coal, Early Results Show

Americans indulged in one of their favorite pastimes over the long Thanksgiving weekend: shopping. They were in full force gobbling up all the heavily discounted merchandise meant to entice them to the store and onto the internet. The National Retail Federation reported that more than 174 million Americans shopped from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, which beat the […]

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Holiday Sales Forecasts Are Not Worth The Paper They Are Printed On

As retailers ramp up to Black Friday, the consulting firms and industry advisers are piling on with holiday retail forecasts. There are a dizzying array of forecasts to choose from. Take your pick, from good (4% from National Retail Federation) to better (4.5% by Deloitte) to best (6% by JLL Retail). Even more astounding is Deloitte’s prediction that shoppers will spend […]

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Researching the Market for Christmas Decorations?

Past history has shown that in the spring, sales of our Christmas Decorations Market Report spikes. Obviously it’s the time when marketers and retailers develop their marketing plans for the upcoming holiday season. Indeed, we’ve recently delivered the new market report to a number of subscribers. And here is what one subscriber had to say […]

Christmas Gift Market Hits a Wall and Settles into a ‘New Normal,’ According to New Report from Unity Marketing

Christmas Gift Market Hits a Wall and Settles into a ‘New Normal’ ‘Black Friday’ is bleeding red as the 4Q no longer gets the lion’s share of retail sales May 21, 2015  —Conventional wisdom in retail is that on ‘Black Friday,’ the day after Thanksgiving, the bottom line of retailers’ account books goes from red […]

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What’s Hot, What’s Not for Christmas Decorating in 2015

New report from Unity Marketing makes sure marketers are on the right side of the holiday decorating trends. In a study of the trends in the Christmas decorations market, this report digs deeply into the decorating traditions, spending habits and preferences of those who decorate their homes, inside and out, for Christmas, including customers who […]

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