2012-11-28 21:49:31 - - The popularity of iOS and Android have turned the mobile games category on its head; games using these systems are set for solid growth. - This year has the longest holiday shopping season, with 32 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire) -- 11/28/12 -- Consumer optimism is up heading into the holiday shopping season, but is mitigated by the potential for tax increases in the new year and the fallout from Hurricane Sandy, according to BMO Capital Markets.
BMO Capital Markets experts provide their outlook for the holiday shopping season:
Sal Guatieri, Vice President and Senior Economist for BMO Capital Markets
-- American consumer spending to rise two per cent in the holiday season,
similar to last year's rate.
-- The housing market recovery will support demand for household
furnishings and appliances. Consumers can expect price discounting, as
cost pressures remain in check.
Gerrick Johnson, Toy Analyst
-- While consumer spending on toys should improve during the holidays
compared with earlier in the year, toy sales are still likely to fall
two per cent versus last year.
-- New tactics from chain stores include toy reservation systems,
aggressive price matching and same-day delivery of online purchases.
This helped toy sales early on; but after pulling some sales forward, it
appears we are back to a negative year-over-year trend.
-- Hot toy treasure hunts usually help toy sales. However, although Furby,
LeapPad 2, Skylanders, and LEGO Friends are popular, there are no signs
consumers will be searching high and low for that must-have toy.
John D. Morris, Retail Apparel Analyst
Edward Williams, Entertainment & Leisure Analyst
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