January 3, 2019
2018 holiday shopper traffic was a gift to retailers
In-store shopper numbers demonstrate the importance of last-minute holiday shopping for brick-and-mortar
NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland – (Jan. 3, 2019) – ShopperTrak, a Tyco Retail Solutions’ brand, today announced results of shopper traffic and behavior trends during the 2018 holiday season, the period spanning from the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 18, 2018, through Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Traffic data shows that ShopperTrak’s initial prediction of the top ten busiest shopping days aligned with the actual busiest days in-store, with only one change in the order of significance with Dec. 1, versus Dec. 29 rounding out the list. Altogether, the actual busiest shopping days of 2018 accounted for 40 percent of the total season’s brick-and-mortar traffic.
Predicted 2018 Busiest Shopping Days
Actual 2018 Busiest Shopping Days
The end of December traffic was successful for brick-and-mortar retailers. ShopperTrak found that Dec. 22, also known as Super Saturday, surpassed traffic numbers with a 2.3 percent increase compared to 2017. Additionally, the combined three days leading up to Christmas Day this year (Saturday through Monday) resulted in a 3.8 percent increase in traffic compared to the three day lead up last year (Friday through Sunday). Finally, the last ten days of the total shopping season, Dec. 20-29, increased by 0.3 percent year-over-year.
Overall, the total holiday traffic (Nov.18-Dec.29), was down 3 percent year-over-year, which is favorable compared to the full-year traffic trend pre-holiday, down 3.8 percent.
“While holiday traffic was down overall, the fact that Christmas Day came on a Tuesday, rather than a Monday, played a pivotal role in creating more last-minute shopping activity,” said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak. “This year, retailers promoted extended shopping hours for the entire weekend in-store, helping attract more late shoppers and increase brick-and-mortar activity right before the holiday and continuing through the end of December.”
For more information on ShopperTrak’s 2018 holiday shopping predictions and holiday data, additional press releases are available here:
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