Nov 13, 2015
NRF survey: 57 percent of holiday shoppers already making dents

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year and holiday shoppers wasted no time jumping on exclusive holiday offerings from retailers thus far. According to the National Retail Federation’s Consumer Holiday Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 56.6 percent of those celebrating the holidays had already started shopping by early November, up from 54.4 percent last year and 16 percent from the 49 percent who had started by this time in 2008, the first time NRF asked the question. This also marks the highest percentage seen in that timeframe.

“Thanksgiving weekend shopping has evolved tremendously over the past few years and can no longer be seen as the ‘start’ of the holiday season, though there’s no question it’s still important to millions of holiday shoppers and retailers of all shapes and sizes,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “There is a real sea change happening in retail when it comes to the how, when, where, and why of holiday shopping. Consumers today are looking for great prices and value-add promotions earlier than ever before, and retailers have answered these demands in several different ways already this holiday season.”

“That said, many of the season’s best deals are yet to come, meaning there’s still plenty of shopping to be done over Thanksgiving weekend and in December when shipping promotions begin to ramp up. I expect we’ll see shifts all season long as it relates to shopping patterns,” continued Shay.

When breaking out the amount of shopping done by age group, 25–44-year-olds have gotten out of the gates early. Specifically, 64.9 percent of those 25-34 and 62.1 percent of those 35-44 say they have already started shopping. Additionally, nearly six in 10 (58.4 percent) women have already started checking off their holiday lists, compared to 54.6 percent of men.

For more about this survey, click here.

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