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National Holiday Sales Spike

Good news for retailers and the economy.
January 01, 2010

National Holiday Sales Spike 

By Mark Harbison

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Recent information from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse estimates indicate that retail sales increased an impressive 3.6 percent, based on MasterCard payments, including estimates for both cash and checks.

This holiday season was considered by many economists to be a critical make-or-break period for many retailers that have been fighting to keep their heads above water through the recession.

It's no surprise that online purchases accounted for much of the difference, having grown about 15.5 percent. Since last year, women's apparel and luxury spending went up a bit. That's pretty reassuring considering that last year's holiday season spending was the worst it had been since the 60's.

As for Hawaii holiday shopping, results were mixed but most shopping centers saw a surge before Christmas and especially the day before.

According to a Reuters report, holiday sales account for 25-40 percent of annual revenue for retailers. That's a real eye-opener. The fact that a holiday can influence consumer spending to such an extreme degree is kind of amazing when you think about it.


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Blogs for January 2010

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Posted on January 29, 2010
2009 Home Prices Hit Bottom, Recovered a Bit

By Mark Harbison

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Prices peaked in 2006 and plummeted 32 percent between… Continue Reading

Kihei Rotary Club Hosts Whale Watch and Snorkel

Posted on January 22, 2010
Kihei Rotary Club Hosts Whale Watch and Snorkel

By Mark Harbison

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Presentation on Maui Restaurants

Posted on January 15, 2010
Presentation on Maui Restaurants

By Mark Harbison

Interested in Maui cuisine? Whether you are visiting, living on Maui, or planning a move to Maui, you shouldn't miss the upcoming presentation on Maui restaurants at the Five Palm's Resort.

The topic to be explored is all about Maui restaurants, based on the guide "Top… Continue Reading

Maui Island Plan Available for Review

Posted on January 08, 2010
Maui Island Plan Available for Review

By Mark Harbison

The Maui Island Plan can now be reviewed online at tinyurl.com/maui-island-plan. The County Council Planning Committee convened in the Wailuku-Kahului Plan Area on December 14 in the Council Chamber but has yet to meet in the other five community plan areas on Maui.

The… Continue Reading

National Holiday Sales Spike

Posted on January 01, 2010
National Holiday Sales Spike 

By Mark Harbison

Recent information from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse estimates indicate that retail sales increased an impressive 3.6 percent, based on MasterCard payments, including estimates for both cash and checks.

This holiday season was considered by many economists to be a critical make-or-break period for many retailers that have… Continue Reading

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