Retail sales jump 7.6% during critical holiday shopping season

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According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks sales across all payment types, retail sales increased 7.6% during the crucial holiday season from November 1st to Christmas Eve.

Americans chose to eat out while on vacation, with restaurant spending up 15.1% compared to the same period in 2021. Clothing he increased 4.4%, in-store sales increased 6.8%, and online sales increased 10.6%.

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Shoppers on Market Street in San Francisco, California, USA, Tuesday, November 29, 2022. U.S. retailers saw moderate growth with heavy discounts over the Black Friday weekend.Photographer: Dove (David Paul Morris/Getty Images/Getty Images via Bloomberg)

Electronics and jewelery fell 5.3% and 5.4% respectively.

“This year’s holiday retail season looked different,” Steve Sadb, a senior adviser to Mastercard and former CEO of Sachs Incorporated, said in a statement. While retailers offered significant discounts, consumers diversified their holiday spending to accommodate rising prices and the desire for post-pandemic experiences and celebration gatherings.”

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Shoppers and tourists walk in front of the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in New York on December 21, 2022. (AFP/Getty Images via Ed Jones/Getty Images)

The 7.6% increase marked a slower pace than 2021’s 8.5% increase, but was higher than MasterCard’s expected rate of 7.1%.

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Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures online and brick-and-mortar sales for all payments except the auto industry, is unadjusted for inflation that has weighed heavily on consumers this year.

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People walk through The Grove shopping mall during the holiday shopping season three days before Christmas on December 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/Getty Images)


Inflation reached 7.1% last month, down from June’s year-high of 9.1%, but still three times higher than the pre-pandemic average.

“Inflation has changed the way American consumers approach holiday shopping,” said Michelle Mayer, chief economist for North America at Mastercard Economics Institute, in a statement. up to making a trade-off that expands .

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