WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The biggest shopping day of the holiday season is approaching, with 66
percent of Americans – an estimated 155.7 million people –planning to or
considering taking advantage of Super Saturday sales to complete their
holiday gift list, according to the annual survey released today by the
National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
For the first time in survey history, consumers were asked if they are
planning to or considering shopping on Super Saturday, December 17. The
survey found that more people said they planned to shop on Super
Saturday than those who said they planned to shop over Thanksgiving
Weekend, in an earlier survey.
“While many consumers got a head start with holiday shopping by taking
advantage of extraordinary sales over Thanksgiving weekend, more
shopping and great deals are yet to come,” NRF President and CEO Matthew
Shay said. “We expect retailers will once again be competitive on price
and value options in the final stretch, especially on Super Saturday.”
Though millions of people got a jump start on their holiday shopping,
millions more still have plenty of items on their lists. Similar to
previous years, only one in 10 have finished their holiday shopping – 24
million people; that means 90 percent of holiday shoppers have gifts,
food, décor and/or other holiday items still to buy. The average holiday
shopper has completed 52.5 percent of their shopping, down from last
year’s 53.5 percent.
The survey revealed of those consumers that have completed half or less
of their holiday shopping say it is because they are still deciding what
to buy (44.7 percent) or waiting for requests from loved ones (27.2
percent). While 27 percent have other financial priorities before
December and 25 percent said they are too busy with other activities
which have delayed/restricted their time to shop for the holidays.
When it comes to when consumers are planning to purchase their last
holiday gift, more than 38 percent said sometime before December 18th,
up from 33 percent last year. Although 12 percent of consumers said that
they are planning to wait until December 23rd.
Last-minute shoppers are planning to purchase their gifts online (52
percent), department stores (42 percent), discount stores (27 percent),
clothing or accessories stores (21 percent), electronics stores (18
percent), local/small business (14 percent) and grocery/supermarket
stores (13 percent).
“Even though there is still a lot of shopping left for the season, we
are seeing Millennials continue the trend of an optimistic outlook
heading into the final stretch,” Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam
Goodfellow said. “Although they tend to be most conservative holiday
spenders, nearly half of those 18 to 24 say they are planning to spend
‘more’ this year compared to last, significantly higher than their older
As far as the kind of gifts consumers have purchased this season, the
survey found 50 percent purchased clothing or clothing accessories, 36
percent toys, 34 percent gift cards/gift certificates, 33 percent books,
CDs, DVDs, videos or video games, and 23 percent consumer electronics or
Also popular this year are gifts of experience such as tickets to a
sporting event, cheese of the month club or an adventure outing like
whitewater rafting. The survey found that 23 percent of consumers are
planning to give a gift of experience, up from 22 percent last year.
While 38 percent of consumers would love to receive a gift of
experience, up from 37 percent last year.
Consumers receiving gift cards this holiday season will watch for a
really good sale or promotion to maximize the value of the gift card (41
percent) and 22 percent will use their gift card as quickly as possible,
up from 20 percent last year. While 19 percent of consumers say they
will save their gift card for a rainy day or sometime when they feel
they need to treat themselves.
Although consumers are getting ready to complete their holiday within
the next week, 48 percent of consumers are planning to take advantage of
in-store after-Christmas sales (up from 47 percent last year) and 44
percent are planning to shop online (up from 43 percent last year).
The survey, which asked 6,890 consumers about holiday shopping plans,
was conducted December 1 – 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus
1.2 percentage points.
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NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing
discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main
Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet
retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is
the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four
U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to
annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.
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