Shopping Trends In America

Guest Host:

Susan Page
Shopping Trends In America

Retailers look forward to the holiday shopping season for at least one-fifth of their annual sales. How online shopping, a Black Friday backlash and economic uncertainty are shaping purchasing trends.

The holiday season is a critical time for most U.S. retailers. Merchants rack up at least a fifth of their annual sales in the last two months of the year, and sales in stores and on-line are expected to grow this year. The day after Thanksgiving - Black Friday - has long launched a three-day shopping frenzy across the nation. Now, a growing number of retailers are opening their doors a day earlier - on Thanksgiving Day. That has sparked a backlash – including protests from some of the employees who will be working behind cash registers on the holiday. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss holiday shopping in America.

Guests

Danielle Douglas

financial reporter for The Washington Post.

Kathy Grannis

spokesperson for the National Retail Federation.

Rich Harwood

president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

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