More than 23 million Americans to shop on Christmas Eve
More than 23 million Americans will be leaving the eggnog in the fridge on Christmas Eve and hitting the malls instead.
According to a survey released Tuesday by the International Council of Shopping Centers, 23.1 million consumers, or 15%, plan to shop on the day before Christmas.
More men (17%) plan to shop that day than women (13%). By age, people 18 to 34 years old are more likely to be shopping (21%) than those 55 and over (8%).
By region, 19% of those living in the Midwest said they were planning on doing last-minute holiday shopping on Christmas Eve, while those in the West (16%), Northeast (13%) and South (13%) were relatively less likely to shop that day.
On the day after Christmas, 19% of consumers reported they were likely to shop, with men (18%) and women (19%) about equally inclined to do so.
After-Christmas shopping is also expected to be relatively busy, according to the survey, with 47% of consumers planning to shop sometime during the workweek between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
-- Andrea Chang