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Post-Christmas savings at Target

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Dec. 26 could be a big savings day for Target shoppers, the retailer said.

Target announced that beginning next Monday, customers can save up to 50% off on such items as women’s and kids’ apparel, as well as home and holiday decor, in stores and online at Target.com. Doors will open at Target stores nationwide at 7 a.m. on Monday.

What’s more, Target gift card holders also can find deep discounts on items. For example, guests who want to redeem their gift cards on Target.com on Christmas Day will receive $10 off purchases of $50 or more via a promotional code. The deals can be found in the Sunday weekly advertisement and on Target.com beginning Christmas Day.

“Target gift cards are a popular Christmas gift, and with a sale of this magnitude, there’s no better time to use them than on Dec. 26,” Target EVP merchandising Kathee Tesija said.

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ShopperTrak report: Holiday sales increase nearly 22% for week ended Dec. 17

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

CHICAGO — A report released Wednesday by ShopperTrak found that holiday shoppers boosted sales 21.7% over the previous week and 1.3% over the same week last year.

According to ShopperTrak, sales increases during the week ended Dec. 17 made this December on pace to have higher retail sales than last year. Month-to-date figures are up 0.5% over December 2010.

“December’s retail gains will likely continue all the way through Christmas and the end of Hanukkah,” ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin said. “As the weather gets colder and these important days get closer, retailers should be ready to service customers looking to buy.” Despite the high week-over-week returns, the weekend of Dec. 16-Dec. 18 showed slight year-over-year declines in sales. Super Saturday, the last Saturday with regular shopping hours before Christmas, had a 0.7% sales decline over the same day in 2010 and consumers spent $7.5 billion, compared with $7.55 billion spent last year.

According to ShopperTrak, the additional Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year may have led more shoppers to procrastinate finishing their holiday shopping. Impulse or “add-on” purchases also may  be lower this season, as many of holiday shoppers make purchasing decisions before walking into a store, due to online research and planned shopping outings. Despite weekend sales declines, week-over-week gains continued from the previous week ended Dec. 10, which had a 10.6% increase in sales, and reversed the year-over-year losses for that week.

ShopperTrak expects the upward sales trend to continue.

“This week holds an extra shopping day between Thanksgiving and Christmas compared to past years,” Martin said. “Shoppers will be ready to spend the rest of their holiday budgets. Stores that monitor hourly foot traffic, staff appropriately to the number of shoppers in the store and prepare inventory for additional traffic will be most successful.”

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Bubba Brands introduces Envy tumblers

BY Allison Cerra

SMYRNA, Ga. — Bubba Brands has introduced its Envy tumblers.

The tumblers, which are made of Eastman Tritan material, safeguard hot contents for 3 hours and conserves cold contents for up to 5 hours, the company said.

Bubba Envy tumblers are available in 17-oz. and 24-oz. sizes at Publix stores and on ShopBubba.com.

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