Analysts say a strong Black Friday number could predict a big season for retailers.
Monday, November 19, 2012
During the holidays, financial analysts try to anticipate whether there will be a strong Christmas shopping season based on the amount of money people spend on Black Friday. As the retail frenzy approaches in just a few days, Patch wants to know if you plan on going out into the shopping madness to snag that "perfect gift." Business Insider produced an article last year that broke down the numbers, and how that correlated to overall holiday shopping. In 2009, the Black Friday numbers ($345 per person) showed a downturn in per-person spending over the previous year. That foreshadowed low numbers for retailers during the 2009 holiday season. The Business Insider article said that in 2010, a strong Black Friday showing (average $365 per …
A look at potential gifts from a local business for someone on your holiday list.
As the holiday season approaches, Patch will be visiting area businesses to get a sense of what they have to offer for holiday shoppers looking to save, spend or splurge on gifts. Today's gift ideas come from Mary & Blanche, a downtown Annapolis shop located at 188 Main St. The store is full of unique, off-beat items like bacon flavored toothpaste and infaltable animal heads. There is a range of books, barware, office toys and clothing. SAVE (Items $5 or less): SPEND (Items $15 or less): SPLURGE (Items $30 or less): Want your business highlighted in the gift guide? Email:Anna.Staver@patch.com Editor's Note: The price points for save, spend and splurge are based off the price range at each business highlighted in the gift guide.