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Millennials Saved Thanksgiving Weekend

While online spending surged, the overall picture for Thanksgiving weekend spending was more mixed as the traditional “bricks and mortar” retailers continued to struggle. Nevertheless, overall spending was about 4% higher. The National Retail Foundation (NRF) estimated that 174 million Americans shopped online or in stores over the period (Thursday to Monday), versus 164 million […]


“Historic” Cyber Monday Is “Largest Online Sales Day In History” With $6.6 Billion In US Sales

This holiday shopping season is off to a “historic” start, or at least its online version, after Cyber Monday posted the largest-ever online sales day in history as U.S. Consumers purchased a record $6.59 billion online, Adobe estimated late on Monday, with smartphone purchases breaking a record with $1.59 billion in sales.  As reported previously, […]


Amazon Soars On Report Of “Unbelievable” Online Sales As Channel Checks Show Store Traffic Down 1%

While bricks and mortar retailers and malls may have decided to put their aggressive discounts on hold for the time being, seemingly content with their market share (losses), online retailers – and one in particular – continue to make staggering gains. Preliminary reports for Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales point to a promising start to […]


3 Post-Thanksgiving Charts

With trading volume crashing last week and no one left in markets but Johnny 5 and VIX-selling Target employees, perhaps the signals from 'other' professional markets mean more than the record highs… Remember last week was the most seasonaly bullish period of the year and how critical it is that stocks surge to hold confidence […]


The Economic Fallacies Of Black Friday: 2017 Edition

Authored by Nullus Maximus via The Zeroth Position blog, Today, shoppers across America will participate in the largest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. The National Retail Federation is estimating that 164 million customers will be shopping on Black Friday weekend. For the first time, their estimate includes Cyber Monday, which had previously been […]


Which Days Offer The Biggest Discounts This Holiday Week

Earlier today we discussed that as part of Black Friday’s gradual decline into irrelevance (it is now the 3rd busiest day behind Christmas and Cyber Monday), brick and mortar retailers – seemingly reserved to losing to online vendors – have decided to reduce shopping discounts substantially; according to WSJ calculations, 2016 discounts were no less […]


“I Was Expecting Many More People”: Black Friday Tumbles To 3rd Spot In Busiest Shopping Days Of The Year

It has been an odd year for retail: with an estimated 6,000 store closures, and 65,000 fewer retail jobs than at the start of the year, many have said shorting retail, and especially malls, is the next “big short” trade. Indeed, one look at the performance of the mall heavy CMBX 6 BBB- tranche confirms […]


Chinese Singles’ Day Eats Cyber Monday For Breakfast

As online retailers in the United States prepare for Cyber Monday, i.e. the biggest online shopping day of the year, China’s largest e-commerce company just recorded the biggest day in its history. As Statista's Felix Richter notes, on November 11, Chinese Singles’ Day, online shoppers bought merchandise worth more than $25 billion across Alibaba’s platforms (mainly […]