Holiday and Seasonal Trends

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Holiday and Seasonal Trends

Since 2003, NRF has partnered with Prosper Insights & Analytics to gauge consumers’ spending intentions and celebration plans for American holidays — from Valentine’s Day to Christmas — and milestone events like Graduation and Back to School.

Top shopping holidays

Holidays are a time to celebrate with loved ones — and also a time to shop. NRF surveys consumers on their spending on holidays and seasonal events throughout the year.

See how the holidays stack up in terms of spending in this chart.

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Click through each holiday to dig deeper into shopping trends

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Back to School

Survey results and consumer insights related to retail’s second biggest spending event of the year, updated with the latest articles, press releases and resources.

 
Over 216 million Americans planned to observe Independence Day 2018 and expected to spend $6.9 billion on food.
 
Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion in 2018, with an average of $86.79 per person.
 
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Winter Holidays

All of NRF’s holiday resources in one place. Find links to the latest news, consumer spending surveys, historical data and planning guides for the retail industry’s busiest season.

 

Super Bowl
 
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NRF has been conducting its annual Super Bowl spending survey since 2005.
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Valentine’s Day
 
NRF has been conducting its annual Valentine’s Day consumer spending survey since 2004.
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St. Patrick’s Day
 
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NRF's annual St. Patrick’s Day survey is released each year in March.
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Tax Returns
 
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Easter
 
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Graduation
 
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Mother’s Day
A total 84 percent of U.S. adults are expected to celebrate in Mother’s Day this year, and spending is expected to reach a record $25 billion, up from $23.1 billion in 2018.
 
Father’s Day
Father’s Day spending has grown 70 percent, approximately $6.6 billion, since 2009. The biggest drivers of Father’s Day spending are growth in spending by consumers ages 35-44, and spending on clothing, special outings and gift cards.
 
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