Figuratively Speaking For December 01, 2017

Percentage of parents who save for the holidays, according to a T. Rowe Price survey: 73

Percentage of holiday-savers who start to put money away right after the previous year's holiday season: 48

Source: T. Rowe Price.

Percentage of U.S. adults who will buy a gift that costs at least $50 this holiday season, according to a CreditCards.com report: 53

Percentage who will fork over $100 or more on a single item: 27

Percentage who won't buy any gifts at all: 12

Source: CreditCards.com.

Percentage of people who would pay extra for some peace and quiet this holiday season (topping "no Trump tweets" 24 percent), according to a survey by WalletHub: 41

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of Americans who said they didn't have a set budget for holiday shopping this year, down from 56 percent last year: 45

Percentage of people who don't expect their spouse or significant other to spend anything on them during the holidays: 23

Percentage who said they don't plan to spend anything on their spouse or significant other: 10

Source: Lending Tree.

Percentage of workers who admitted to shopping on a company device during work hours, according to a Robert Half survey: 75

Percentage who said they spent one hour or more shopping on the job during last year's Cyber Monday: 41

This year, percentage of all respondents who said they plan to spend even more time on online bargain hunting while at the office: 23

Source: Robert Half Technology.

Percentage of Americans who say Christian symbols such as nativity scenes should be allowed on government property, according to Pew research: 44

Percentage who say Christian displays should be permitted only with symbols from other religions: 28

Percentage who say Christian symbols shouldn't be allowed on government property at all: 20

Source: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Percentage of American women who would forgo gifts for themselves this year if they could guarantee everyone on their list was delighted with what they received, according to a Marshalls survey: 90

Percentage of American women who believe the best holiday gifts are the ones least expected: 94

Yet, percentage who shop based on lists, leaving little room for surprise under the tree: 33

Source: Marshalls.

Percentage of consumers who plan to visit a physical store in the month of December, according to a survey by RetailMeNot Inc.: 87

Average number of store visits these consumers plan to make: 7

Percentage who are likely to make a purchase at a special in-store event, such as pop-up shops, new brand collaborations or celebrity guest appearances: 63

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of 18- to 35-year-olds who consider keeping fit one of the most important parts of their holiday experience, according to a survey by Hotels.com: 80

Ranks of top-notch hotel fitness facilities, proximity of good restaurants and nightlife on the list of the most important vacation considerations: 1, 2, 3

Source: Hotels.com.

Ranks of online, department store, discount store, grocery store/supermarket, clothing or accessories store and electronics store on the list of the most popular shopping destinations this year, according to a survey for the National Retail Federation: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: NRF.

Idle Thought

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." -- Desmond Tutu

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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