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Holiday Shopping and Stats

Posted By briana On December 2, 2010 @ 6:23 am In Economy | 3 Comments

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The holiday season is a time for gathering and celebrating with friends and family, gift-giving, reflection and thanks. It is also time for some serious shopping! [2] In fact, 14 percent of all retail sales [3] last year occurred in December.

The U.S. Census Bureau collects a variety of information each year on retail sales, including on e-commerce. [4] Total retail sales for the third quarter of 2010 were estimated at $978.7 billion, an increase of 0.8 percent from the second quarter of 2010.

Enjoy these holiday facts from the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • Retail sales by the nation's department stores in December 2009 were $27.4 billion [8]. This represented a 45 percent jump from the previous month. The value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2009 was $30 billion.
  • In 2008 [9], there were 155,578 clothing and clothing accessories stores; 8,813 department stores; 9,211 hobby, toy and game shops; 29,390 gift, novelty and souvenir shops; 22,116 sporting goods stores; 26,683 jewelry stores; and 9,708 book stores across the nation.
  • The 1905 Census of Manufactures [10] found that there were 161 establishments in the United States involved in making toys and games. Their products were valued at $5.6 million. Today [11], there are more than 600 businesses producing games, toys, and children's vehicles valued at almost $3 billion.
  • In the 20th century, shopping centers and malls were built to accommodate automobiles and the growing suburbs [12]. One of the earliest shopping malls was Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO [13]. It opened in 1923 with 150 stores and parking for 5,500 automobiles. Today, there are nearly 49,000 shopping centers [14] across the United States.

You can find more facts in the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features [15] for the 2010 holiday season and on the Census Bureau’s History website [16].

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[2] shopping!: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt082.shtm

[3] retail sales: http://www.census.gov/retail/index.html

[4] e-commerce.: http://www.census.gov/retail/mrts/www/data/pdf/ec_current.pdf

[5] American Time Use Survey: http://www.census.gov/npc/demographic.html

[6] Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/tus/

[7] 1 hour per day shopping: http://stats.bls.gov/tus/current/purchasing.htm

[8] $27.4 billion: http://www.census.gov/retail/

[9] In 2008: http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/index.html

[10] 1905 Census of Manufactures: http://www.census.gov/history/img/1905Manuf.pdf

[11] Today: http://www.census.gov/econ/industry/ec07/a339932.htm

[12] suburbs: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/suburbs/part1.htm

[13] Kansas City, MO: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/29/2938000.html

[14] shopping centers: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2008/cats/wholesale_retail_trade/shopping_centers.html

[15] Census Bureau’s Facts for Features: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb10-ff23.html

[16] Census Bureau’s History website: http://www.census.gov/history/

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