Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Do you plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year? If you’re the average shopper, one survey says you probably will.
If you’re the average shopper, chances are you may be spending a bit more on gifts this season than in years past. Earlier this month, American Research Group reported that its phone survey earlier this month showed that Americans plan to spend an average of $854 on gifts this holiday season, up nearly a third of last year’s average of $646. That’s also the highest average since ARG’s 2007 survey, when survey respondents’ average was $859—that amount fell by about half in 2008. Here are the average amounts of planned spending survey takers have reported since 2002. Year Average Spending Percent Change 2012 $854 + 32% 2011 $646 - 2% 2010 $658 + 58% 2009 $417 - 3% 2008 $431 - 50% 2007 $859 - 5% 2006 $907 - 4% 2005 $942 - 6% 2004 $1,004 + 3…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Want a great deal? You may have to spend part of your Thanksgiving to get it. Tell us what you think about retailers pushing the start of the holiday shopping season onto Turkey Day.
Looking to grab some great Black Friday deals? Better be prepared to scarf down the turkey and put away the pumpkin pie quickly. It’s becoming a tradition for the holiday shopping season to start well before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. But your holiday food might still be warm by the time retailers offer the first “Black Friday” deal. Take, for example, Walmart. The retailer is rolling out its first Black Friday deals Thursday—that’s Thanksgiving night—at 8 p.m. Not to be outdone, Target is inviting customers to grab its Black Friday deals at 9 p.m. Thursday. The early deals means those hoping to save money during their holiday shopping will be spending part of another holiday heading to stores, fighting the crowds and waiting in …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Macy’s gift to the City of Atlanta, the Georgia White Pine, is approximately 35 years old and weighs 14,000 pounds.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Atlanta’s most recognized Christmas tree will be cut in Mableton and transported to Macy’s at Lenox Square in preparation for the 65th Annual Great Tree Lighting. Macy’s gift to the City of Atlanta, the Georgia White Pine, is approximately 35 years old and weighs 14,000 pounds. The tree will be leaving Mableton at 10 a.m. Thursday. A tree felling and trucking crew will prepare the tree for transport to Lenox Square. The white pine will be placed on the roof of Macy’s at 10 a.m. Sunday. As one of Atlanta’s most beloved traditions, the Great Tree Lighting will be held on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving night. The Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree celebration promises to be a memorable one, with Trace Adkins, Chris Mann and Cymphonique …