Despite all the appliances and gadgets designed to make meal preparation convenient, percentage of respondents who still spend between 31 minutes to an hour preparing dinner each night, according to a survey fielded by ORC International: 59
Percentage of Americans who are likely to buy fast food for their family after a stressful day: 39
If they had to eat the same style of food two nights in a row, percentage of respondents who said they would choose Italian: 32
Source: Olive Garden.
Percentage of Americans who visited or planned to visit malls or big box retailers on Black Friday, according to a study by Wayfair.com: 20
Percentage of Americans who will spend less than two hours on the couch this Thanksgiving: 70
Percentage of people who did not have any time at all on the couch because they were in the kitchen most of the day: 30
Percentage of all marketers who are anticipating 2012 sales to be higher or much higher than in 2011, according to a study by Experian Marketing Services: 66
Source: Experian Public Relations.
Percentage of women who say they start shopping on Black Friday, according to a Women & Co./Real Simple Survey: 11
Percentage of women who start their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving: 41
Percentage who shop all year long for the holidays: 22
Source: Women & Co.
Percentage of consumers who consider re-gifting to be thrifty, according to a ShopAtHome.com Survey: 63
Percentage who consider re-gifting to be tacky: 37
Rank of Tennessee on the list of states for refusing to re-gift, with almost 71 percent of respondents viewing it as tacky: 1
Rank of Washington state on the list of top re-gifting states, where 93 percent of respondents view it as thrifty: 1
Percentage of mobile shoppers who will download new shopping apps for the holiday season, according to PriceGrabber.com's latest survey: 32
Percentage who plan to download price-check apps with the ability to scan bar codes: 63
Year that there was good news for the hard of hearing, as Miller Reese Hutchinson of New York patented the first portable electric hearing aid, the "acousticon" -- a smaller version of previous tabletop units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1901
Annual value of the business of making medical equipment and supplies in the U.S.: $79 billion
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of consumers who spend more than two hours per week shopping online who have canceled an order due to an error or slow response time, according to a survey by Monitis: 56
Percentage of these consumers who say that they would abandon their chosen online vendor if they found a faster competitor: 86
Percentage of workers who described the morale at their companies as very good, according to an Accountemps survey: 39
Percentage of people who said workplace morale is somewhat good: 42
Of the vast majority of Americans who decorate for the holidays, percentage who will spend more money on decorations for the December holidays than on Halloween or Thanksgiving, according to a survey conducted by RetailMeNot and The Omnibus Company: 86
Average amount of money consumers spend on holiday decorations from October through December for everything from cornucopia centerpieces to Christmas trees: $284
"The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." -- Moliere, playwright (1622-1673)
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)