Census Checks Out Holiday Shopping

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

$25.9 billion
Estimated retail sales by the nation’s department stores in December 2012. This was an estimated 39.3 percent increase from November 2012, when retail sales were estimated at $18.6 billion. No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.

The estimated percentage of total 2012 sales for department stores in December. For jewelry stores, the estimated percentage was 20.5 percent.

The estimated growth in inventories of department stores in the U.S. from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2012.

$39.2 billion
Estimated value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2012, the highest total for any month last year.

The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2011.

$1 billion
The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2013. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($93 million worth) during the same period.

The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children’s vehicles in 2011; they employed 7,187 workers. California led the nation with 88 establishments.

Nearly 15 billion
Pieces of mail the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The busiest mailing day is set for Dec.16, and Dec. 18 will be the busiest delivery day.



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