Halloween: It’s Not Just about the Candy

It’s not a shock that candy sales ramp up in October for Halloween, just like they do in December for Christmas, in February for Valentine’s Day, and in March or April for Easter. “But I don’t sell candy,” you say. …

The Candy Report: Easter 2017

We’ve seen the Easter displays in stores since the day after Valentine’s Day. Our kids have survived multiple egg hunts. For those of us who are old enough, we’ve waxed poetic about the retro Cadbury TV commercials with the bunny …

Holiday Gift Shoppers Approach the Home Stretch

It seems like an eternity since holiday displays began to pop up in stores in September, and now we’re finally approaching the last shopping days of the holiday gift shopping season. But how much shopping do people have left? Who’s taking gift …

Who Won the Black Friday Turf Battle?

Did shoppers stay home after Thanksgiving dinner this year or head out for their annual shopping pilgrimage?  Recent data show “The Black Friday” shopping event may be losing its luster. Looking at results from InfoScout, the number of unique retailers …

Why Did Some Shoppers Bail on Black Friday?

Recent data shows that Black Friday, as a one-day shopping event, is gradually losing impact. Early holiday gift shopping trends for 2016 indicate that more shoppers are taking advantage of Black Friday deals that start early in November and extend into December …