Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Trends and Statistics [Infographic]

Annual consumer spending on Valentine's Day totals 13.2 billion on average, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. Read our blog post and check out our infographic to learn about the consumer spending trends that help drive revenue on Valentine's Day, including gifting, candy consumption, and other industry statistics.

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Top Toys and Gifts for the Holiday Season

Christmas_toys_trends.jpgChristmas day in my family is still extremely fun because we have a number of children that are still young enough that their faith in Santa Claus hasn’t faltered. They write long wish lists to Santa, and they wake up early on Christmas morning hoping they have received all the toys they want most.

For parents all across the U.S., finding the top gifts with the best deals is crucial for keeping Christmas spending within their budgets. In 2014, 42 percent of shoppers planned on buying toys as gifts. In this blog, we will cover three major presents for children during the holiday season, including toys, electronics, and gift cards.

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The Big Shopping Days of Thanksgiving Weekend

For consumers all across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the official start to the holiday season — and what better way to celebrate than buying presents? The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s, and today it has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the past few years, Friday is no longer the only shopping day promoted during Thanksgiving weekend. Now, consumers can get deals all weekend long on Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

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A Snapshot of Consumer Spending on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day includes many different traditions for families all over America. From cooking extravagant dinners to traveling to visit friends and famly, the options for celebrating the holiday are truly endless. But there is one common factor that affects families during Thanksgiving weekend each year: high spending.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most expensive of the year, and that’s not just because of the amount of turkey being purchased. Food, travel costs, and shopping on Black Friday are all contributors to high spending during the five-day span. In this blog post, we will look at some of the main factors that influence consumer spending patterns during Thanksgiving.

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Chocolate Halloween Candy: The Top-Selling Treat

Chocolate candy is the most popular item given to trick-or-treaters. Last year, seasonal chocolate Halloween candy generated nearly $217 million in sales, up 12 percent from the previous year, according to consumer research firm Packaged Facts.

Chocolate candy sales have continued to rise, not just on Halloween, but throughout the entire year. In 2013, the U.S. market for chocolate candy was an estimated $21 billion, and it is expected to exceed $26 billion by 2018. A variety of factors are helping to drive sales of chocolate candy. Read on to learn more

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4th of July: A Weekend of Numbers

Food, fireworks, flags, and fun. For many families across the United States, the 4th of July weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, grill out and eat good food, and play with fireworks. So much time and thought is put into planning a fun holiday get together that the costs of hosting picnics, traveling, and even buying fireworks isn’t even considered. But, for many companies, the 4th of July weekend is that perfect mid-summer event to boost sales.
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The 2014 Holiday Season Expects Increased Consumer Shopping

Even with all the different traditions and customs, one thing remains consistent during the holiday season: consumers shop. For almost all retailers, the end of the year holiday shopping brings in the biggest profits all year long. Presents, decorations, food, and many more items are purchased in abundance to prep for days spent with families and gifts for loved ones.

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Top 2014 Black Friday Trends and a Look toward 2015

This season has seen the introduction of many new marketing trends for Black Friday. The news has covered the rumors of many stores’ plans for products, hours, and deals. Because of the hype and increased competition surround this single shopping day, it’s important for retailers to create great marketing strategies for Black Friday weekend. It is a mark for the kickoff of holiday shopping, and for many companies, it’s the biggest sales day of the year. Researching what consumers are looking for can make or break a company’s Black Friday success.

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Traditional Whole Turkeys Not the Only Option This Thanksgiving

With the busy lives of Americans today, as well as the movement towards Thanksgiving being a consumer-driven holiday, it isn’t surprising that the traditional golden-brown, 20-pound turkeys are not the most important aspect of Thanksgiving dinner anymore. Families are branching out and purchasing new alternatives to the beautiful bird.

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Halloween Candy Sales Aren't So Scary Anymore, Revenue Increases 12%

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes high retail and candy sales. Since 2008 holiday sales have been down throughout the year, but, for many sectors sales have been creeping up. In 2013, seasonal candy for Halloween reached $217 million, up 12% from 2012. This growth was greater than similar Christmas candy products and close to percentage gains for Valentine’s Day.

Topics: Food & Beverage Packaged Facts Holiday