Cencus Dept. Data on the Holiday Season 2012

 1.$27 billion

Retail sales by the nation’s department stores (including leased departments) in December 2011. This represented a 45 percent jump from the previous month (when retail sales, many holiday-related, registered 18.6 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.

Other U.S. retailers with sizable jumps in sales between November and December 2011 were bookstores (76 percent); clothing stores (38 percent); jewelry stores (129 percent); radio, TV and other electronics stores (40 percent); and sporting goods stores (55 percent).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Business and Industry
<http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/dbsearch?program=MRTS&startYear=1992&endYear=2012&categories=44X72&dataType=SM&geoLevel=US&adjusted=1&notAdjusted=1&errorData=0>

 

2. 14.3% -The percentage of total 2011 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For jewelry stores, the percentage was 19.3 percent.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Business and Industry
<http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/dbsearch?program=MRTS&startYear=1992&endYear=2012&categories=44X72&dataType=SM&geoLevel=US&adjusted=1&notAdjusted=1&errorData=0>

3. 22%The growth in inventories by our nation’s department stores (excluding leased departments) from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2011. Thanks to the holiday crowds, inventories plummeted by 21 percent in December.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Business and Industry
<http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/dbsearch?program=MRTS&startYear=1992&endYear=2012&categories=44X72&dataType=SM&geoLevel=US&adjusted=1&notAdjusted=1&errorData=0>

4. $38 Billion–Value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2011 ─ the highest total for any month last year.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Business and Industry
<http://www.census.gov/econ/currentdata/dbsearch?program=MRTS&startYear=1992&endYear=2012&categories=44X72&dataType=SM&geoLevel=US&adjusted=1&notAdjusted=1&errorData=0>

5. 22,534 -The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2010. These businesses, which employed 311,792 workers, are a popular source of holiday gifts (NAICS code 45411).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder, Table CB1000A1
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2010/00A1//naics~45411>,

6.  In 2010, there were 147,614 clothing and clothing accessories stores (NAICS code 448); 26,899 gift, novelty and souvenir shops (NAICS code 45322); 23,739 jewelry stores (NAICS code 44831); 21,418 sporting goods stores (NAICS code 45111); 8,876 bookstores (NAICS code 451211) 8,779 hobby, toy and game shops (NAICS code 45112); and 8,626 department stores (NAICS code 4521); across the nation. The figures shown are for locations with paid employees and do not include nonemployer firms (i.e. firms with no paid employees).
NAICS – North American Industry Classification System
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns,
<http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

7. $1.03 billionThe value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2012. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($139.9 million worth) during the same period.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
<http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>

8. 73Number of establishments around the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys in 2010. California led the nation with 10 locations.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code 339931,
<http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

9. 525The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children’s vehicles in 2010; they employed 7,374 workers. California led the nation with 85 establishments.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code 339932, <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

10. 9.6 billionThe value of U.S. toy imports, including stuffed toys (such as dolls), puzzles and electric trains from China, between January and September 2012. China was the leading country of origin for stuffed toys coming into this country, as well as for a number of other popular holiday gifts. These include sports footwear ($227.7 million), basketballs ($41.0 million) and roller skates ($31.8 million). China led Thailand as the leading supplier of ice skates ($10.7 million versus

$9.5 million), with Canada ranked third ($3.6 million).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
<http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>

11.Place names associated with the holiday season consist of a dozen places named Holly including Mount Holly, N.C. (population 13,719) and Holly Springs, Miss. (7,638). There is Snowflake, Ariz. (5,587), Santa Claus, Ind. (2,484), North Pole, Alaska (2,154), Noel, Mo. (1,822) and — if you know about reindeer –Dasher, Ga. (934) and the village of Rudolph, Wis. (440). There is also Santa Claus, Ga. (166).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/SUB-EST2011-3.html>

11     58%Proportion of the nation’s spuds produced in Idaho and Washington during the fall of 2011. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah.

Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service, Crop Production, Page 14
<http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProd/CropProd-12-11-2012.pdf>

12 $1.38 billionThe value of product shipments of candles in 2011 by the nation’s manufacturers. Many of these candles are lit during Hanukkah (Dec. 8 to 16) and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 to Jan. 1) celebrations.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Survey of Manufacturers,
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2011_31VS101&prodType=table>

 

13.

New Year’s Eve and Day

More than 315 million

The nation’s projected population as we ring in the New Year.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2008/summarytables.html>.

Comments

  1. says

    There is also a Christmas, Florida.

    Noel, Missouri is in the extreme southwestern part of the state. A long way from where I was born and raised.

  2. says

    Those numbers do give you pause, don’t they? But I’m not going to bash the commercialism of Christmas. I have a friend who has been unable to get a job in his chosen field since 2008, and this year he got a position selling ties part time at Macy’s. They offered him continued part time after the holidays and it meant the world to him that someone wants him. Unemployment can be soul crushing, and to me, those numbers mean JOBS.