Daily spending of U.S. consumers in the Christmas season, by week

The statistic depicts the results of a survey about the average U.S. consumer spending during Christmas season, i.e. in the last 5 weeks of the year from 2008 to 2010, by week. Even though the trend seems to indicate that people spent the most of their money in the first three weeks of December, in 2010 data differs slightly: spending has increased even more over the weeks with Christmas approaching more and more and consumers getting more eager - and maybe a little desperate - to find presents for their loved ones. While the respondents reported to have spent an average of 79 U.S. dollars in the last week of November 2010, they spent an average of 85 U.S. dollars in the 4th week of December in 2010.

Average U.S. consumer spending in the Christmas season from 2008 to 2010, by week

200820092010
Last week of November926979
1st week of December957566
2nd week of December947366
3rd week of December937477
4th week of December687085
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Source

Release date

December 2010

Region

United States

Survey time period

November 22, 2008 to December 28, 2010

Number of respondents

2,464 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup Daily tracking survey during the week ending Dec. 26, 2010, with a random sample of 2,464 adults, with weekly random samples of about 3,000 adults for each of the first three weeks of December, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.

2010 data based on weeks ending Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12, Dec 19 and Dec 26.
2009 data based on weeks ending Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20 and Dec 27.
2008 data based on weeks ending Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14, Dec 21 and Dec 28.

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