More than 141 million unique shoppers went shopping Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million last year.
Classic toys like LEGO and Barbie are still at the top of children’s wish lists this year, but non-traditional items are also in demand.
Positive retail sales numbers in the month of October point to a good holiday sales season ahead, according to the National Retail Federation.
More than 50 percent of holiday shoppers have already begun their search and more consumers than ever before will turn to gift cards this year.
The National Retail Federation’s figures indicate broad sales gains in most retail sectors in September.
The National Retail Federation expects sales in the months of November and December to increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion.
Retail sales increased in the month of August but came in at a much slower pace than anticipated, according to the National Retail Federation.
Back-to-school shopping began earlier than ever this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
July was a mixed bag for retailers, with sales gains in some categories but declines in others.
The National Retail Federation is predicting that parents will spend less on back-to-school than last year.
Retail sales beat estimates in February as consumers adjusted their spending in response to an increase in payroll taxes and higher gasoline prices.
Easter spending is expected to remain flat this year with total spending expected to reach an estimated $17.2 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.
Retail sales ticked up slightly in January, according to the National Retail Federation.
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