Stores Welcome Holiday Shopping Procrastinators

Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. Stores welcome holiday shopping procrastinators Laura Petrecca, and Mike Snider, USATODAY 8:07 a.m. EST December 18, 2013 A crowd of early Christmas shoppers swamps a Target Store in Colma, Calif., on Thanksgiving. (Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP) The one-week countdown to Christmas is on Store traffic was down slightly in the past week Retailers are using extended hours and social media to lure shoppers SHARE 209 CONNECT 56 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE With just one week until Christmas, retailers are rolling out shopper-baiting strategies to lure procrastinators, deal-hunters and people who just want a few extra stocking stuffers. Tactics include offering extended shopping hours, free shipping, last-minute-shopping ad campaigns and social media reminders that time is ticking away.

Christmas Shopping Habits - UK - February 2014, Global Industry Analysis, Growth & Forecast

Survey Methods Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 7-10, 2013, with a random sample of 1,039 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 50% cellphone respondents and 50% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by region. Landline and cell telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

Online Holiday Shopping Rises, Still Trails Other Venues

Save Albany, NY -- ( SBWIRE ) -- 02/14/2014 -- It was a good Christmas and everything suggests that the strong retail trend will continue through 2014. And yet everything is built on expectations that could easily be disappointed. The income squeeze is as bad as ever and we need to see that disappear if Christmas 2014 is to be as good as Christmas 2013. Looking beyond the election in 2015, there is the threat of rising interest rates. The worst of the downturn should now be over for consumers, but it is hard to foresee any strong recovery until we reach the run up to the 2020 election.