Figures show Cyber Monday still biggest US online sales day

Figures show Cyber Monday still biggest US online sales day

More consumers shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year than last, but aggressive discounts - both online and in stores - led to a drop in average spending per person during the four-day weekend. For consumers who did want to visit shopping centres, many stores were offering deals on Thursday evening.

In addition, IBM is predicting that Cyber Monday will increase by double digits over previous year, and that overall November and December 2016 sales will increase by almost 14 percent over 2015. Shoppers spent $540 million between midnight and 10 a.m.

A record number of American adults (57 percent) shopped online or planned to shop online over Black Friday Week (Monday before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday) - with the number of mobile (smartphone and tablet) consumers quickly approaching the number of those who use a desktop or laptop, according to data released today by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Holiday spending rose 9 percent Thursday and Friday combined, compared with the same two-day period previous year, according to First Data. Both sites more often sold those toys at lower prices than Amazon compared with other retailers including Target Corp. and Toys "R" Us, Boomerang said. Walmart offered $100 off a regularly priced $300 Power Wheels Disney Frozen Jeep Wrangler motorized toy auto.

Still, that online trend isn't all bad for local stores. If so, you better upgrade that phone.

Reportedly, more people shopped online over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2015. "In fact, over one third of shoppers said 100 percent of their purchases were on sale". It's her second Black Friday shopping trip, and she came back to score some big deals. "A warmer climate in November may have made the sales more stubborn".

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Melbournians seem to be keen shoppers, increasing retail sales by 17% in the city compared to the average Friday in November.

A large amount of that buying took place online.

"I just logged on and shopped Macy's online to avoid the crowd", Ms. Martin said, adding that the couple had started shopping before Friday. She required at least 20 percent off and free shipping to buy.

Carmen Cunnyngham of Kansas City, Kansas, was in Denver on Sunday and chose to stop at the mall to pick up a new pair of Ugg boots for her daughter. Much of the growth occurred on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as consumers started their shopping earlier.

Small Business Saturday is a newer phenomenon, having been started in 2010 by credit company American Express and Roslindale Village in MA and may still not be on many local shoppers' radar, despite advertisements and news stories publicizing the event.