ShopperTrak on Thursday estimated that November and December 2013 retail sales increased 2.7 percent to $265.9 billion and foot traffic decreased 14.6 percent compared with the corresponding 2012 period. The strongest sales days were Nov. 29 (Black Friday), Dec. 21, Dec. 23, Dec. 14 and Dec. 22, in that order. Black Friday also was the top traffic day, followed by Dec. 21, Dec. 23, Dec. 22 and Dec. 14, consecutively. The National Retail Federation will announce its results on Tuesday.
“It was a very volatile holiday” in terms of weather, said Scott Bernhardt, president of Planalytics, which provides business weather intelligence for retail firms.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"