Consumers Are Holiday Shopping Before Thanksgiving

This year, more consumers are expected to begin their holiday shopping earlier and a higher percentage of shopping will take place online, according to global information company The NPD Group.

Half of all holiday shoppers plan to start their shopping before Thanksgiving weekend, a 6% increase over 2014, according to NPD’s 2015 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey. And most plan to continue their holiday shopping into December.

Shoppers Increase Spending This Holiday Season

This year’s holiday retail season is expected to be strong in the United States. eMarketer forecasts that U.S. retail sales in the months of November and December 2015 will increase 5.7% year over year, reaching $885.70 billion. That’s an upward adjustment from the 3.2% growth rate predicted earlier this year—and the highest since the 6.3% rise in 2011.

Men's Grooming Day Study Gives Insights

National Men's Grooming Day takes place on the third Friday of August every year and encourages men to proactively think about their grooming habits. This year men's grooming brand Dollar Shave Club shared insights about men's grooming habits and what goes on in their minds and bathrooms.

Dollar Shave Club reveals fun grooming findings from its Grooming Survey conducted online by Harris Poll among 3,285 males aged 18 years and older in December 2014, and 3,068 males aged 18 years and older in January 2015.

Americans Ready for Independence Day

More than 156 million consumers—nearly two thirds of those celebrating, are planning to take part in the patriotic holiday by attending a cookout, picnic or barbecue, spending an average of $71.23 per household, up from $68.16 last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.