Holiday retail sales increase 3.4%, Mastercard reveals

Friday 3 January 2020 10:09 CET | News

Mastercard SpendingPulse has revealed an increase of 3.4% in holiday retail sales, with online sales growing 18.8% compared to 2018.

Mastercard SpendingPulse provides insights into overall retail spending trends across all payment types, including cash and check. Key findings of the report indicate that this was a winning holiday season for retail, especially for ecommerce:

Total Apparel saw a gain, posting 1% growth year over year. The category also experienced stronger than expected ecommerce growth, up 17% compared to 2018.

The Jewelry sector experienced 1.8% growth in total retail sales, with online sales growing 8.8%. This trend started before the holiday season and helped the sector power through to its finish.

Department stores saw overall sales decline 1.8% and online sales growth of 6.9%, emphasizing the importance of omnichannel offerings.

Electronics and appliances were up 4.6%, while the home furniture and furnishings category grew 1.3%.

Mastercard SpendingPulse reports on national retail sales across all payment types in select markets around the world. The findings are based on aggregate sales activity in the Mastercard payments network, coupled with survey-based estimates for certain other payment forms, such as cash and check.

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Keywords: Mastercard, holiday sales, retail, report
Categories: Payments & Commerce | Ecommerce
Countries: World
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