By Lisa Johnston
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Washington – December sales for CE and appliance dealers slipped 1.4 percent year over year to $8.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.
The preliminary figures, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, also show a 2.5 percent dip from November.
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New York – Chain stores sales rose 3 percent for the November-December holiday period, compared to a 1.8 percent increase in 2012.
According to a report by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), compiled from a tally of monthly reporting firms, comp sales rose 2.1 percent in November and 3.4 percent in December.
New York – Amazon.com and Toys“R”Us are getting into the holiday spirit by separately announcing new marketing plans for the season.
The No. 1 e-commerce site said it will, for the first time, allow its third-party sellers to feature their holiday deals on Amazon’s high-traffic holiday shopping pages, including the “Gold Box Today’s Deal” page, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal pages, and category-specific holiday pages.
San Francisco — Holiday sales for CE and major appliance retailers are projected to increase 2 percent this holiday season, while store visits will decline 1 percent, a new report suggests.
According to market research firm ShopperTrak, the CE major appliance channel mirrors total retail trends, which indicate a slowdown in holiday sales growth. Total retail sales are expected to rise 2.4 percent in November and December, down 20 percent from last holiday season’s 3 percent gain, while total foot traffic is forecast to slip 1.4 percent year over year.
Baltimore — Consumers are spending more time on retail sites using their smartphones and tablets than they are using computers, according to a joint study by Millennial Media and ComScore.
According to the “Mobile Intel Series: Mobile” report, the amount of time consumers spend on mobile retail sites using their smartphones or tablets now accounts for 51 percent of the total retail time spent on digital properties vs. just 16 percent in 2010.
Washington – May sell-through for CE and majap specialty retailers slipped 0.5 percent year over year to $8.4 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly sales estimates.
Sales also remained essentially flat from April, edging down 0.4 percent.
Sales at furniture and home furnishings stores also dipped 0.5 percent from May 2012, but declined 0.8 percent from last month.
E-tailers and other direct sellers fared better, with year-over-year sales rising 11.3 percent and month-over-month sales up 0.7 percent.
Washington — Sell-through for electronics and appliance retailers was essentially flat in April, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.
According to the agency’s latest monthly sales estimates, which were adjusted for calendar changes but not price increases, sales edged up just 0.4 percent year over year, to $8.2 billion, and rose 0.8 percent from March.
Excluding the seasonal adjustment, April channel sales rose 1.2 percent but slipped 0.7 percent year to date.
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Seattle – Amazon.com reported a 45 percent decline in net income, to $97 million, for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, and lost $39 million for the full year, as it continued to build distribution centers, invest in its fulfillment systems and expand its digital library.
Net sales rose 22 percent during the period, to $21.3 billion, while the cost of sales increased nearly 17 percent to $16.1 billion, fulfillment costs rose 36 percent to $2.3 billion, and technology and content expenses rocketed 56 percent to $1.3 billion.
Port Washington, N.Y. – CE retail sales fell 7 percent to $13.7 billion during the holiday period of Nov. 18-Dec. 22, The NPD Group reported.
The data exclude sales of mobile phones, Amazon Kindle products, iPad, video games and Microsoft’s Surface computers.
Most CE categories tracked by NPD struggled, the market research firm said, although TVs and notebook computers each enjoyed sales in excess of $2 billion.
No other single segment accounted for more than $1 billion in revenue.