Retailers Have A Robust Start To Holiday Season - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Retailers Have A Robust Start To Holiday Season

UNDATED (AP) - More Americans than ever before took the Black Friday bait of big discounts and earlier-than-usual store openings. A record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites during the four-day holiday weekend starting on Thanksgiving Day, up from 212 million last year.

The National Retail Federation says the average holiday shopper spent $398.62, up from $365.34 a year ago.
A fuller picture will come Thursday when major retailers report their November sales figures.

The data gathering firm ShopperTrak reports Black Friday sales were $11.4 billion, up 7 percent from the same day last year. It was the biggest year-over-year increase since 2007.

Online shopping on Black Friday was especially strong with consumers apparently not waiting until Cyber Monday.

But experts point out that how retailers finish the season is just as important. The overall season can account for 25 to 40 percent of annual revenue.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • 5 missing after Army helicopter goes down, items found

    5 missing after Army helicopter goes down, items found

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:28 AM EDT2017-08-16 13:28:33 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-08-17 04:24:26 GMT

    The U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are responding to a report that an Army helicopter with five aboard went down in the ocean off Hawaii.

    The U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are responding to a report that an Army helicopter with five aboard went down in the ocean off Hawaii.

  • WFISD teachers preparing for first day of school

    WFISD teachers preparing for first day of school

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:12 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:12:38 GMT
    Doors across the WFISD will open around 7:45 a.m. with classes starting at 8:30 a.mDoors across the WFISD will open around 7:45 a.m. with classes starting at 8:30 a.m

    It is that time of year again, as kids all across Texoma start heading back to school. Classes in the Wichita Falls ISD start Thursday, which means crunch time for last minute classroom preparations. Today, teachers at Fain Elementary were more than ready for the first day of school.

    It is that time of year again, as kids all across Texoma start heading back to school. Classes in the Wichita Falls ISD start Thursday, which means crunch time for last minute classroom preparations. Today, teachers at Fain Elementary were more than ready for the first day of school.

  • Hometown Pride Tour: The Whiteside Museum of Natural History

    Hometown Pride Tour: The Whiteside Museum of Natural History

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:11 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:11:18 GMT

    Below the ground of Baylor County lies history from millions of years ago, history that's on display at the Whiteside Museum of Natural History.  

    Below the ground of Baylor County lies history from millions of years ago, history that's on display at the Whiteside Museum of Natural History.  

Powered by Frankly