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Shoppers Are Looking for Black Friday Deals on a Daily Basis

E-commerce retailers stand to benefit from shoppers' continued affinity for online shopping, according to Nielsen's 2016 holiday trend report. Consumers across all generations are spending more online, however Millennials are leading the way with 25 percent planning to increase their online expenditures this holiday season. Overall, 19 percent of U.S. shoppers are planning to spend more online, up from 17 percent in 2015.

This holiday season, digital shopping will play a major role in retail holiday sales. According to Nielsen's bi-weekly Omnibus English language survey of 1,159 adults aged 18+, as of Nov. 11, consumer sentiment around online shopping is outpacing in-store. Fifty-eight percent of shoppers stated that they have purchased their holiday gifts online compared to 40 percent in big-box retail stores and 25 percent in department stores.

"With a growing appetite for all things digital, online platforms will have a more significant role in helping consumers both research and purchase gifts during this holiday season," says Jordan Rost, vice president of consumer insights, Nielsen. "Retailers take note, virtual environments present opportunities and unlimited growth potential for merchants - especially with the Millennial, digital consumer."

For the 2016 holiday season, Nielsen worked to uncover the top retail and shopping trends.  The below insights are derived from a Nielsen survey of 2,037 U.S. adults aged 18+ online between Nov. 2 and 4, 2016, by The Harris Poll®.

Top retail shopping trends for holiday 2016
  • Black Friday: 54 percent of U.S. consumers are planning to shop on Black Friday, up from 50 percent in 2015. That said, the weight of Black Friday deals continues to shift beyond a one-day-event.  Digitally savvy consumers are looking for deals on a daily basis.
  • Black Friday categories on the rise: This year, shoppers are planning to spend more on pet gifts (30 percent), jewelry (29 percent) and cookware (29 percent)  than they did in 2015. Traditional categories such as apparel, consumer electronics, video games, toys and gift cards remain at the top of shopping lists for Black Friday.
  • Department and dollar stores are set to see the biggest rise in shoppers compared to last year, with 59 percent of consumers planning to shop in department stores and 21 percent in dollar stores, increases of 2 percent and 3 percent respectively.
  • Cyber Monday: This year, more consumers plan to shop on Cyber Monday (63 percent vs. 60 percent in 2015).
  • Mobile commerce is making large gains in 2016, with 50 percent of consumers planning to use their phones to shop on Cyber Monday, up from 39 percent in 2015.
  • Optimism: Millennials lead all generations in spending optimism, with 12 percent planning to spend more, followed by Generation X at 8 percent, Boomers 6 percent and the Greatest Generation planning on 4 percent increase in spending.
  • Ready to shop: Millennials also lead consumers who are shopping earlier with 30 percent having already started, followed by Generation X (23 percent), Boomers (22 percent) and Greatest Generation (16 percent).
  • Spending more: African-Americans lead increased spending, with 15 percent planning to spend more, up from 14 percent in 2015, while the total population only has 9 percent planning to spend more.
  • More food: Multicultural households are leading the push towards food as holiday gifts, with 19 percent of African Americans, 14 percent of Asian Americans, 13 percent of Hispanic Americans and 8 percent of Non-Hispanic white consumers planning to spend 8 percent more on food as a gift.
  • Cookware as gifts: Multicultural households also dominate shoppers planning to spend more on cookware as gifts: 8 percent of African-Americans, 7 percent of Asian-Americans and 6 percent of Hispanic Americans anticipate spending more on cookware gifts, compared to the average population at 5 percent.
"For retailers, the winning strategy for this holiday season will be to get digital right," said Thom Blischok, strategic retail advisor to Nielsen. "In today's digital landscape, it's no longer just about promotions, it's about effectively engaging with the omnichannel consumer. Malls will need to go very deep on discounts early to attract shoppers and bricks and mortar stores will really need to provide a captivating, in-store experience to properly compete."