Holiday Online Spending hits $21 billion Season-to-Date! Up 4% over Last Year!

The holidays are off to a strong start and it appears so is consumer confidence. Comscore reports nearly $21 billion in online spend in the first 43 days of the Holiday Season.  Below are the recent stats from Comscore on the spending trends.  Let’s hope this is a sign of a turn in the economy. It would be great to end this year on a high note.

For the full report click on the following link:

http://comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2009/12/Recent_Week_of_Online_Holiday_Shopping_Boasts_Record_4.7_Billion_in_Spending_as_November-December_Total_Approaches_21_Billion

Recent Week of Online Holiday Shopping Boasts Record $4.7 Billion in Spending as November-December Total Approaches $21 Billion

Holiday Season Spending Up 4 Percent for Season-to-Date, Slightly Outpacing comScore Forecast

RESTON, VA, December 15, 2009 – comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 43 days of the November – December 2009 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, nearly $21 billion has been spent online, marking a 4-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week ending December 13 reached $4.74 billion in spending, ranking as the heaviest online spending week on record. The previous high of $4.70 billion occurred during the week ending December 16, 2007.

2009 Holiday Season Spending
2009 Holiday Season Spending

*Corresponding days based on corresponding shopping days (November 2 thru December 14, 2008)

“This most recent week began with five consecutive strong online spending days surpassing $700 million, followed by a fairly upbeat weekend,” said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. “Six weeks into the online holiday shopping season and with a cumulative growth rate of 4-percent, we are tracking slightly above our forecast of a 3-percent growth rate versus year ago, which appears to be partially attributable to continued heavy promotional activity among retailers. Though early reports indicated that retailers had pulled back on inventory this season and would not be discounting as heavily late into the season, data from Shoplocal.com show that online retailer promotion activity is continuing at a high rate with the number of offers in the last week up 21 percent versus year ago.”

Will Green Monday be the Heaviest Online Spending Day of 2009?

For years there has been a misconception that Cyber Monday is the heaviest online spending day of the year. In actuality, Cyber Monday represents the first significant uptick in online holiday spending, while heavier spending continues to build until mid-December. In 2007, eBay and PayPal suggested that online spending actually peaks on the second Monday in December, and dubbed this event “Green Monday.” Monday tends to be the heaviest online spending day of the week, because holiday spending is still heavily dependent on work-based online shopping and because people tend to be in the office longer hours on Mondays. This year, “Green Monday” occurred on Monday, December 14 and is likely to be the heaviest online spending day of the year and perhaps of all-time. comScore will announce this year’s Green Monday total later in the week.

Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales
Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales

Post by Warren Raisch – Holiday Spending Trends – Social Media Marketing – December 15, 2009

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