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Black Friday sales 10% less than last year

. . . even after factoring in an increase in online sales.

“Black Friday” got its name because traditionally, that day is the busiest shopping day of the year, enabling U.S. businesses that have been in the red until then to finally begin making a profit. The shopping season spanning November and December can account for anywhere from 20 to 40% of annual sales.

I remember that, on the morning of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the local television news anchor said that the National Retail Federation expects this year’s Black Friday sales to be more than last year’s by 3+%.

I was dubious, because the U.S. economy has not improved from last year, so why would Americans suddenly have more money to spend?

Now we have the data to show that National Retail Federation’s expectation was wishful thinking.

From the AP (via The Guardian), November 28, 2015:

Total sales in the US on Black Friday fell 10% to $10.4bn this year, down from $11.6bn in 2014, according to research firm ShopperTrak.

All this is despite the fact that online sales on Black Friday this year increased 14.3% from last year, according to Adobe. That should give you an idea of how much sales by brick-and-mortal stores have plummeted.

Source: ZeroHedge

Source: ZeroHedge

Various excuses are given for the lackluster Black Friday sales, including that many shops were open the day before, on Thanksgiving. However, this year’s sales on Thanksgiving also dropped, and by the same percentage as Black Friday.

Thank you, Obama! /sarc



2014 Black Friday sales a bust

elections have consequences

So much for the much-touted economic recovery.

The U.S. economy depends on consumerism, i.e., retail sales, for as much as 70%, and the bulk of retail sales is conducted in the all-important Christmas season that traditionally begins the day after Thanksgiving. That day is dubbed Black Friday because that’s when U.S. retail businesses begin to go into black, i.e., make profits, for the year.

Black Friday sales, therefore, are a bellwether for Christmas sales.

ZeroHedge reports, Nov. 30, 2014, that last year’s Black Friday retail sales were bad. This year is an outright disaster.

According to ShopperTrak data, the first two days of the holiday shopping season were already showing a -0.5% decline across bricks-and-mortar stores. But figures just released from the National Retail Federation (NRF), the traditionally cheery industry organization, show that:

  • Sales during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday period crashed by a whopping 11% from last year’s: $57.4 billion to $50.9 billion.
  • The number of Americans who went shopping over the four-day weekend declined 5.2% from last year‘s 141 million to 134 million.
  • Shoppers spent an average of $380.95, down 6.4% from $407.02 a year earlier.
  • There was a decline across virtually every tracked spending category, including online sales, as the NRF charts below demonstrate (source). Shoppers spent an average $159.55 online, down 10.2% from $177.67 last year.


Stores friendly or hostile to Christmas

The first day of the Christmas shopping season, the day after Thanksgiving, is called Black Friday for a good reason. It’s the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black“. Many retailers depend on Christmas sales for as much as one quarter of their annual revenue.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $563 billion in Christmas shopping in 2011. For 2012, that figure is expected to increase 4.1% to $586.1 billion.

Despite the importance of Christmas shopping to their profit margin and, in many cases, their very survival, increasing numbers of retail stores in America now refuse to say “Merry Christmas” or even recognize Christmas, out of “political correctness,” which is really just cowardice or worse.

At the same time, while dissing Christmas, these stores still want our hard-earned money! What hypocrisy.

It makes no sense for us to do our Christmas shopping in anti-Christmas stores because in so doing, we are simply aiding and abetting those who don’t even have that elemental ounce of courage to stand up for the truth.

For the simple truth is that every year, Americans go into a buying frenzy NOT because of the Jewish Hanukkah, NOT because of the entirely made-up black holiday called Kwanzaa, and NOT because of the wiccans’ Winter Solstice.

The simple truth is that every year, Americans go into a buying frenzy, buying hundreds of billions of dollars of stuff, because of CHRISTMAS.

The American Family Association has compiled a list of top retailers in accordance with whether and how they recognize Christmas. Use the list as your guide for your Christmas shopping!

Just remember: Shop in Blue and Green stores. Shun the Red stores!

Color Code:

BLUE: An AFA “5-Star” rated company that promotes and celebrates Christmas on an exceptional basis.
GREEN: Company uses the term “Christmas” on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly.
YELLOW: Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.
RED: Company may use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it.


Companies that are pro-Christmas

AFA Online Store
ACE Hardware
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Best Buy
Big Lots
Collective Brands
CVS Pharmacy
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dollar General
Dollar Tree
H.E.B. Stores
Hancock Fabrics
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
Home Shopping Network
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores
Michael’s Stores
Neiman Marcus
Office Max
Pier One Imports
Rite Aid
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug
TJ Maxx
Toys R Us

Companies marginal on “Christmas”

  • 1-800-Flowers.com
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Cooking.com
  • Hy-Vee Stores
  • L.L. Bean
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Starbucks
  • True Value
  • UncommonGoods.com
  • Walgreens
  • Whole Foods

Companies AGAINST “Christmas”

  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Family Dollar
  • Foot Locker
  • Gap Stores BOYCOTT!
  • Limited Brands
  • Maurice’s
  • Office Depot
  • Old Navy BOYCOTT!
  • Radio Shack
  • Staples
  • Supervalu
  • Victoria’s Secret

Here’s a handy pocket-sized list of all three groups of stores, which you can print and take with you on your shopping trips:

Christmas shopping

Want to report on a company? Send your detailed report to christmas@afa.net.

H/t Patriot Action Network


1 of 10 Stores in US Are Victims of Flash Robs

It happened again, last weekend, in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

I’m referring to what the media euphemistically and mistakenly term “flash mobs” when the plain truth is that these incidents should correctly be called robbery, looting, and race riots. The media also will not say what we can all see with our own eyes — the perpetrators are black.

Jack Cloherty reports for ABCNews, Aug. 16, 2011, that a “flash mob” invaded and looted a 7-11 convenience store in Germantown, Md., early Saturday morning, stealing all the snacks and candy they could get their hands on, then left the store as quickly as they came.

The store clerk pressed the silent alarm when he belatedly realized there was a robbery in progress, and a police cruiser responded in under a minute. But by then, the mob was gone.

Montgomery County Police spokesman Paul Starks said, “It was anarchy for 60 seconds. We’ve counted at least 28 individuals we can see on the surveillance tape. We already have a good idea of who some of these people are. We are going after them all, and if we can identify the ringleaders, they are going to face some serious charges.” Police suspect the mob was organized using social media like Facebook or Twitter.

The term flash mob was first used to describe impromptu gatherings of people to sing or dance in a public space, alerted by text, email or Twitter, but the Germantown incident is just the latest in a summer when flash mobs have turned from spontaneous, fun events to outright felony.

Other incidents include:

  • Missouri riot: On April 10, 2010, some 900 youths, some as young as 11, converged on the shopping and entertainment district, the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Police responded to reports of vandalism and assaults. One group of teens robbed and beat a couple from Grandview. A girl in a prom dress was shoved into a fountain. Fights broke out. Police had to use pepper spray to disperse the mob.
  • Ohio race riot: On July 4, 2011, in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, a group of 1,000 youths organized through social networking sites to fight and disrupt an event.
  • D.C. mob robbery: On July 4, 2011, in Washington, D.C., a flash mob robbed a high-end clothing store earlier this summer.
  • Wisconsin race riot: On August 5, 2011, a flash mob stormed the fairgrounds at the Wisconsin state fair in Milwaukee. “My mom just got attacked by a flash mob,” said a caller to 911. “Punched in the face for no reason. We need emergency help right away.”
  • Philadelphia race riot & looting: Nowhere has the flash mob phenomenon been more popular than in the Philadelphia area. There, a man was assaulted by a group of about 30 who were believed to have gotten together through Twitter, according to the Associated Press. On June 23, a few dozen young people looted several hundred dollars worth of merchandise in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, Pa.

The surge in flash mob crime prompted Philadelphia to impose a curfew for all minors under the age of 18 in targeted enforcement districts. Philadelphia’s black mayor Michael A. Nutter said, “This nonsense must stop. If you wanna act like a butthead, your butt’s gonna get locked up. If you wanna act like an idiot, move; we don’t want you here anymore. Parents who neglect their children, don’t know where they are, you’re going to find yourself spending some quality time with your kids in jail together.”

In Phladelphia, there have been no more violent flash mobs after about 70 young people were detained and then released to their parents, with a warning.

Buried in the ABCNews account is this alarming statistic:

The National Retail Federation estimates that about one in ten stores in the United States has been the victim of a “flash mob” invasion and robbery.

The Federation’s spokesman, Joe La Rocca, says, “These incidents can turn violent, they can injure customers, they can damage the store and then there’s the financial losses the retailers suffer.” In most cases, by the time the police arrive, the mob is long gone, making for a long arduous process to identify and prosecute the culprits.

The reaction from the Obama White House and Attorney General Eric Holder:

[For more, see “Obama & Holder Ignore ‘Beat Whitey’ Race Riots“]


Get a Jump On That Holiday Shopping

While we at the Fellowship generally don’t endorse any products, we just had to let you know about this thing of beauty. To get you  in the Holiday spirit. Think how many people on your list would love to be the proud owner of one of these.

I’ve ordered 14 just for myself. So whereever I look in my home I can feel the inspiration.

This …This… Oh heck, I’ll say it. This is Mr. Hope and Change himself. Can’t ya just feel the love?


~Steve~                                                        H/T May