U.S. Retail Holiday Sales Jump 4.9%, Biggest Increase Since 2011


As reported at USA Today, U.S. year-end holiday retail sales rose 4.9% compared to the same period last year. The shoppers were out in force this holiday season as sales rose 4.9% from November 1 through Christmas Eve, easily beating the 3.7% from last year. Online retail sales rose 18.1% in 2017. THE TRUMP EFFECT: The rise in sales figures reflect the near record high consumer confidence, a strong jobs market, near DOW 25 K, unemployment fell to a 17 year low in October and with the passage and signing of the Tax bill, look for the economy to get even better.

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Despite thousands of store closings this year, Americans supplied a final flurry of spending to give retailers their best holiday season sales since 2011, figures released Tuesday show.

U.S. year-end holiday retail sales rose 4.9% compared to the same period last year, a welcome gift to U.S. retailers amid new signs of consumer confidence.

Online retail shopping similarly increased 18.1%, while overall consumer buying during the holiday period set a new record for dollars spent, according to the sales report issued by Mastercard SpendingPulse.

“Overall, this year was a big win for retail,” Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of Market Insights, Mastercard, said in a statement issued with the report. “The strong U.S. economy was a contributing factor, but we also have to recognize that retailers who tried new strategies to engage holiday shoppers were the beneficiaries of this sales increase.”

Although the report showed the 2017 holiday shopping season from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 was a winner for all retailers, the results differed by category. Retailers that succeeded tapped into:

Woman Uses Stun Gun on a Fellow shopper during a Vicious Black Friday Brawl at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, PA


GOOD GRIEF!!! A woman used a stun gun on a fellow female shopper during a vicious “Black Friday” brawl at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. The incident, which was caught on video, occurred at around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The two women got into a cat fight that turned into a smack down as they can be seen exchanging punches and wrestling on floor when suddenly one of the women takes out a stun gun and uses it multiple times.

“It started out, one couple was fighting with another couple. They had words, the guys got into a fight and then the girls,” said Napolitano, who videotaped the melee. “One couple, they were like a family  and all, with a young child in a stroller.”

The video shows the two women punching each other and someone in the crowd yelling, “No, stop.”

Much to the Dismay of OWS Protester Boycotts, Black Friday Sales Rise to Record 6.6%

The Occupy Wall Street protesters lose again. OWS called for boycotts and Americans responded with Buycotts.

Much to the OWS dismay, Black Friday sales increased by a record 6.6%. As the OWS protesters tried to prevent Americans from going to businesses like WalMart and Best Buy, Americans provided their own “Freedom of Speech” and spoke with their wallets.

Despite 9% unemployment, more Americans below the poverty level, record number on food stamps, 17% believing the country is headed in the right direction and only 8% rating the US economy as good or excellent, 152 million people came together to spend $11.4 billion on Black Friday. Granted, this is only one day … but it is better than the alternative.

Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent to the largest amount ever as U.S. consumers shrugged off 9 percent unemployment and went shopping.

Consumers spent $11.4 billion, ShopperTrak said in a statement yesterday. Foot traffic rose 5.1 percent on Black Friday, according to the Chicago-based research firm.

As many as 152 million people were expected to shop at stores and websites on Black Friday, up 10 percent from last year, the National Retail Federation said. The Washington-based NRF is scheduled to release Thanksgiving weekend sales today.

Sadly, many individuals who went out on Black Friday and purchased items acted in less than an appropriate manner, it is not any less inappropriate or classless than the OWS protesters who failed to convince anyone to boycott Walmart or the other big boys on the block.

President Obama must be caught in the middle and not know what to say? Does he praise the economic spending or say nothing because his endorsed OWS protest movement failed in their efforts?

Black Friday Insanity … Pepper Spray, Gunshots and Mayhem, Oh My … WalMart Shopper Pepper Sprays Fellow Costomers

BLACK CRAZY FRIDAY: What is wrong with people … could some individuals possibly misunderstand more the Reason for the Season?

People … gunshots, pepper spray, assaults, and brawls! What is wrong with you? Are  you folks human or savages? What could possibly be so important? Really! Take a good look at your actions and ask yourself, do you honestly think this is the “reason for the season” and whether it was worth it.

During the beginning of last night’s “Black Friday” experience, a shopper at a WALMART in California pepper sprayed fellow customers in what was describes as “competitive shopping”. Please, its called complete insanity and assault. The unknown woman sprayed customers to keep them away from merchandise that she was after. UNBELIEVABLE. At least 20 individuals suffered minor injuries from the insane exploits of this deranged woman. Let’s just call it “Black Pepper” Friday.

Alejandra Seminario, 24, said she was waiting in line to grab some toys at the store around 9:55 p.m. when people the next aisle over started shouting and ripping at the plastic wrap encasing gaming consoles, which was supposed to be opened at 10 p.m.

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OCCUPY BLACK FRIDAY: OWS Protesters Plan Demonstrations to Occupy Business Retailers on Black Friday

Could the OWS protesters be any more delusional or insane?

This Friday, Black Friday, the Occupy Wall Street protesters plan on demonstrating against business retailers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. What is this supposed to accomplish, prevent the 99% who work in these stores from working? Preventing businesses from selling products and making a profit and in harming the economy?

FACE IT AMERICA … THE OWS PROTESTERS WHAT TO HARM THE US ECONOMY, NOT HELP IT!!! They are socialist and want to end capitalism, not help fix it.

Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest “the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street.”

Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded, according to the Stop Black Friday website.

The goal of the movement is to impact the profits of major corporations this holiday season.

Hey OWS protesters, try getting in the way of a shopper on “Black Friday” when they are trying to buy a toy or electronic gadget for their kid, I DARE YOU!!! It is one thing to be a bunch of annoying, unwashed PITA’s, however, to confront John and Jane Q. Public and openly get in their way … GOOD LUCK. Look for the #OWS crowd’s poll numbers to decrease even more.

The Lonely Conservative says, “What better reason to stay home and shop right here than to avoid the disease and bug infected criminal occupy mob on Black Friday?” Although a part of me agrees, there is the other part of me that says, I want to go out on Friday and confront these dirt bags. Try getting in front of me and the rest of America and their First Amendment rights of free speech to speak with their wallets. However, we certainly agree that the continued nonsensical actions and protests of the OWS loons will show the real 99% that they do not support them.

Maybe Barack Obama would like to come out in support of this OWS demonstration and its attempts to harm businesses and the economy? Come on Barack, let’s hear it, after all, they are the reason why you ran for office.

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