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Mastercard says holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

Mastercard says holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retailers and shoppers have gotten an early start on this year’s holiday shopping season, and that should help lift overall sales. During this newly expanded holiday season, running from October 11 through December 24, Mastercard SpendingPulse is forecasting a 2.4% increase in U.S. retail sales (excluding automotive and gas) compared to the

Retail sales rose 3.4% this holiday season

Retail sales rose 3.4% this holiday season

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Retailers had much to cheer about this holiday season. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday retail sales increased 3.4%  with online sales growing 18.8% compared to 2018. Mastercard SpendingPulse provides insights into overall retail spending trends across all payment types, including cash and check. “E-commerce sales hit a record high this year with

Holiday retail sales rise for drug chains

Holiday retail sales rise for drug chains

NEW YORK — Chain drug store holiday sales bettered last year’s results, with total dollar volume rising more than 4%. In comparison to the 2016 holiday season, when anxiety over the new administration may have peaked, consumer confidence was up this year, propelled by income gains and the long-running bull market. Chain drug store sales

Holiday retail sales edge up in 2015

Holiday retail sales edge up in 2015

NEW YORK — Drug chains were not immune to the shift in holiday shopping away from brick-and-mortar retailing. Holiday retail sales growth barely exceeded 4%, down from last season’s 4.4% advance and well off the 5.4% gain of five years ago, according to research by Racher Press, the publisher of Chain Drug Review. Same-store sales