Graph of the Day for December 18, 2009

"Black Friday Retail Sales Up 0.5% From '08.  In Strong Start to Holiday Shopping Season, Much Was Virtual: Average Amount Spent Online Rose 35%."

CBS News headline, Nov. 28, 2009.

Source:  National Retail Federation.

Hoven's Index for December 18, 2009

Total amount spent over Black Friday weekend in 2009:  $41.2 billion.

In 2008:  $41.0 billion.

Average spent per person over Black Friday weekend in 2009:  $343.31.

In 2008:  $372.57.

Source:  National Retail Federation.

Percent of people who have finished their Christmas shopping by last week (Dec. 13):  8.6%.

Who haven't even started:  19.1%.

Amount of Christmas shopping complete for the average person as of 2nd week of December:  46.7%.

Source:  National Retail Federation.

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