Staff, 2022-10-11 16:28:24,
Online discounts for merchandise are forecast to hit a record level this holiday shopping season, according to Adobe Analytics, in a potential treat for bargain hunters that should help keep American consumer spending ticking higher through the period.
Shoppers could seize upon discounts of as much as 32 per cent on computers, 27 per cent on electronics goods and 22 per cent on toys, Adobe estimates, on their way to spending almost $210bn online during the holiday season, which runs from November 1 till the end of the year.
The discounts, a function of retailers attempting to shed excess inventory, are expected to arrive earlier this autumn, in a slight twist on traditional spending patterns. Helping propel that trend, ecommerce giant Amazon kicks off its second Prime Day sale this year on Tuesday.
“The shape of the holiday season will look different this year, with early discounting in October pulling up spend that would have occurred around Cyber Week,” said Patrick Brown, vice-president of growth marketing and insights at Adobe.
As a result, Cyber Week sales — the period of Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday — are expected to rise just 2.8 per cent from a year ago to $34.8bn, Adobe estimates. That would represent a 16.3 per cent share of holiday…
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