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$24.4B

Estimated retail sales by the nation's department stores (including leased departments) in December 2013. This was an increase of about 40.9 percent from the previous month, when retail sales were estimated at $17.3 billion. No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.

13.9%

The estimated percentage of total 2013 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For jewelry stores, the estimated percentage was 19.1 percent.

22.8%

The estimated growth in inventories in U.S. department stores (excluding leased departments) from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30,2013.

$44.5B

Estimated value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2013, the highest total for any month last year.

30,185

The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2012. These businesses employed 365,508 workers in the pay period including March 12.

$1 Billion

The value of U.5. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2014. China produced more such items than any other country. It also was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($1375 million worth) during the same period.

450M+

The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver 450 million to 470 million packages of mail between Nov. 17 and Christmas Day. This is a 12 percent increase from last year.

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Title Annotation:By the Numbers; market share of retail stores, online shopping and christmas tree ornaments
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Publication:Arkansas Business
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Date:Dec 22, 2014
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