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Report: U.K. holiday shopping outpaces last year

BY Katherine Boccaccio

London — A report released Thursday by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Path Intelligence showed that U.K. consumers stepped up their pace of holiday shopping over the week ended Dec. 23.

The Path Index—which melds shopping-center footfall and the time spent per visitor into a shopper-hours index—rose by 7.9% from the prior week to its highest reading of 2012 at 151.3 (January 8, 2012 = 100) for the period ending Sunday, Dec. 23.

The index also was 1.4% higher than the comparable week of 2011 and was the highest reading since the index inception in January 2011.

Cumulatively and compared to the prior year for the weeks of December to date, the Path Index is 3.8% below its average shopper-hours for the comparable weeks. However, given that Christmas Eve afforded consumers one-more day of shopping—even though retail centers generally close earlier than normal on Christmas Eve—that business will be captured in the index for the week ending December 30.

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Barnes & Noble holiday sales miss, sells 5% stake in Nook

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — Barnes & Noble reported Friday that its holiday sales will likely miss internal projections as its Nook e-reader performed worse than expected during the holiday selling period.

The book seller also disclosed on Friday an investment by London-based media and education company Pearson of $89.5 million in cash in the e-reader subsidiary, representing a 5% equity stake.

Pearson joins Microsoft Inc. as an investor in the Nook subsidiary.

The deal grants Pearson the ability to purchase another 5% of Nook Media and Nook will distribute Pearson content.

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Christmas Day retail visits up 27% year over year

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — A report issued Thursday by Experian Marketing Services found that online traffic to the top 500 retail sites on Christmas Day 2012 rose 27% compared to 2011.

The top retail sites received more than 115.5 million total U.S. visits, according to Experian. To date the holiday online traffic for the past 7 weeks to retail sites are up 10% for 2012 vs. 2011.

Other report key findings include:

• The top 5 most visited sites on Christmas Day 2012 were: Amazon, Walmart, Target, BestBuy and Macy’s;
• Apple iTunes visits increased 193% and Apple.com visits increased 155% on Christmas Day 2012 vs. Christmas Eve 2012 as the top product search terms sending traffic to the Apple.com site was iPod Nano, iPad Mini and iPad 4;
• Amazon.com visits increased 24% on Christmas Day 2012 vs. Christmas Eve 2012 as the top product search terms sending traffic to the site was Amazon Kindle, Kindle Fire and Kindle.
• Gift card searches increased 6% in 2012 vs. 2011 and the top gift cards searches this past week were for Visa, iTunes and Amazon.

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Jan-31-2013 05:30 am

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