FirstData: Retail dollar volume up 5.3% Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday
Year-over-year (YOY) retail dollar volume from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday grew 5.3%, a decrease from last year’s growth of 7.4%, according to First Data 2014 SpendTrend Holiday Shopping Spend Analysis, which examined consumer spending from more than one million merchant locations over the five-day period.Similarly, retail transaction growth was 5.0% compared to 6.0% in 2013.
“Despite only modest growth from last year, there were some encouraging signs in the data, including a shift from debit to credit card usage that indicates strong consumer confidence,” said Krish Mantripragada, senior VP, Information and Analytics Solutions, First Data . “The boost in credit spending may indicate that consumers are feeling more confident about their current financial situation, likely driven by the improvement in the labor market and reduction in gasoline prices.”
The retail categories that experienced the highest growth overall were building material & garden equipment, electronics & appliances, and furniture & home furnishings at 10.4%, 10.0%, and 8.6%, respectively. Despite the fact that many shoppers were purchasing electronics and appliances over the weekend, deep discounting decreased the overall ticket spend. The category had the largest decline in average ticket price, from $149.49 to $131.26.
Clothing and accessories experienced the biggest drop YOY in spending, from 8.9% last year to just 3% growth this year, followed by general merchandise retailers and health and personal care stores.
While consumers are showing confidence, economic and demographic trends, along with the inclement weather in the Northeast and South, was enough to keep some shoppers home over the holiday weekend. The states with the lowest overall sales growth were Kentucky (-3.1%) and Maine (-1.7%).
Regional sales growth across the nation was dominated by the West, which were home to the states with the largest overall growth. These include Utah (14.7%) and Oregon (11.1%).
Retailers that opened early on Thanksgiving succeeded in getting shoppers to the store earlier, but the sales tactic did not make a significant impact as Thanksgiving Day, comparatively, was the lowest performing of all five days.
Additionally, late night shoppers seemed to stay home this year, as overnight shopping from Thanksgiving into Black Friday decreased between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The data suggests, however, that shoppers are ready to spend in the evening hours on Thursday. The hours of 5-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving showed significantly higher spending than the same time block last year. Overnight shopping from Thanksgiving into Black Friday decreased between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Food City lets customers do it themselves with self-checkout
New Stater Bros. store features all LED lighting
San Bernardino, California – Stater Bros. will open a store in Covina, California on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
The new “Blue Ribbon” supermarket is the 26th Stater Bros. location in Los Angeles County. It includes many environmentally friendly features, including:
• LED lighting throughout the entire store;
• New lighting system that uses dimming ballasts, energy efficient lamps and occupancy sensors;
• Energy management system that controls refrigeration, HVAC, demand desponse, and lighting; and
• Recycling center located inside for customers to recycle paper and plastic grocery bags.