Finally, some good news for the nation s retailers Americans spent more than expected this holiday season, fueling the strongest growth in holiday retail sales since the end of the Great Recession. Holiday sales rose to $. billion in November and December, marking a . percent increase from the .Traditional retailers will have a great holiday season, but e commerce will not be as successful. are scrambling to catch up. Walmart.com wmt, . now offers million products, up from million in July, while Target tgt, . has doubled the number of stores that deliver online orders..Year on year growth of top holiday season e commerce spending days in the United States in . Christmas gifts favorite recipients among U.S. consumers . For whom do you plan to buy Christmas gifts this year? . U.S. consumers expected number of holiday gifts . Average number of holiday gifts .Surging online orders and last minute shoppers helped retailers make up for a slow start to the holiday shopping season, fueling hopes that higher wages, the rising stock market, and lower food and Spike in online orders, last minute shopping has research firms forecasting strong holiday sales growth..
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