Stores Welcome Holiday Shopping Procrastinators

In-store retail sales for the week of Dec. 9 to Dec. 15 were down about 1% from the same week last year, according to ShopperTrak data released on Tuesday. Snowstorms in the Midwest and Northeast kept people from shopping, Martin says. There will be "high levels of in-store shopper activity" the weekend before [read] Christmas, he says.





Sunday Series: Christmas Gifts for the Shopping Center Category





The category saw a 51.32% increase in MoM (month-over-month) traffic for unique visitors as consumers wrapped up their holiday shopping. (Overall MoM visit count saw a respectable 50.77% increase). A closer look at the YoY (year-over-year) change shows an overall The holiday season always brings shoppers to stores in droves, so theres no surprise that the Shopping Centers and Malls category made our list of fast movers for December 2013! The category saw a 51.32% increase in MoM (month-over-month) traffic for unique visitors as consumers wrapped up their holiday shopping. (Overall MoM visit count saw a respectable 50.77% increase). A closer look at the YoY (year-over-year) change shows an overall drop of 9.17%. This could be due to a rise in ecommerce and online shopping in opposition to in-store shopping, but there are likely several other reasons affecting the drop (for example, perceived economic climate or extremely successful Black Friday sales).





Holiday shopping exemption goes to Stouffville council Tuesday





Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville staff is recommending to council tomorrow they approve a tourism application to the region for an exemption to the Retail Business Holidays Act for Family Day, Victoria Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day. If approved by the region, retailers would be allowed to open their doors between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the above-mentioned holidays. Businesses would remain closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The region is accepting applications until Feb.