The International Council of Shopping Centers predicts that holiday spending will reach $832.3 billion, with 90 percent of shoppers spending in physical stores. This is a rise of 4.9 percent over last year, according to the annual Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey, which also found that average holiday-related spending will total $683 per person.
According to the survey, 97 percent of holiday shoppers plan to shop with a retailer that has a physical presence and 82 percent of those consumers are likely to make an additional purchase in-store while picking up their online purchase.
In more good news for store owners, over 60 percent of shoppers saying that searching for deals encourages them to make more trips to physical stores.
Most shoppers plan to complete their shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (86 percent). Almost 60 percent of holiday shoppers plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend with 73 percent for Millennial shoppers planning to shop during the weekend.
The survey also found that 87 percent of shoppers plan to research online before going to stores, and 82 percent of shoppers who have a mobile device will use it in-store to compare prices, get digital coupons and check inventory.
Read more about the ICSC report on the IDEX Online website HERE