Percentage of consumers who plan to spend more than half of their total holiday shopping budgets during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period, according to a study by CFI Group: 25
Source: CFI Group.
Amount of money Twitter co-founder Evan Williams added to his personal fortune after the company's frenzied trading debut at the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 7, boosting his net worth to approximately $2.5 billion, according to a Wealth-X estimate: $1.075 billion
Estimated number of Twitter shares owned by Williams: 57 million
Percentage of consumers who define their style of shopping as taking it slow and always finishing with everything they need, according to the Alliance Data Retail Services Holiday Habits Survey: 28
Percentage who buy throughout the year and hide gifts until the holiday: 23
Percentage who say they methodically make lists and buy only the items on their lists, or browse online so they know what they are going to buy and get the best price when they go to the store: 12
Source: Alliance Data Retail Services.
Ranks of a portable music player, desktop computer, GPS device and a regular cellphone on the list of items holiday gift-givers plan to buy in the next five years, according to to RetailMeNot's Black Friday Tech Report: 1 (tie), 3, 4
Percentage of consumers who feel that children should have their own cellphone at age 13 or younger: 46
Percentage of consumers who feel that children should have their own tablet at age 13: 44
Percentage of Americans who say they witnessed someone else leave a public restroom without washing their hands, according to a survey by the Bradley Corp.: 81
Percentage who said the same last year: 74
Source: Bradley Corp.
Projected total e-commerce spending for November and December 2013, an increase of 15 percent over 2012, according to Logicalis U.S.: $61.8 billion
Percentage of retailers that have dedicated resources to upgrade e-commerce platforms in anticipation of the holiday season: 81
Percentage of retailers that have significantly increased in-store data collection and analysis compared to two years ago: 60
Source: Logicalis U.S.
Expected percentage growth in high-wage occupations, according to a report by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists: 5
Percentage of the 165 occupations expected to lose jobs nationally that are in the middle-wage category: 75
Projected percentage growth in associate degree and master's degree occupations: 8
Percentage of college graduates who are gaining employment related to their major, according to a survey by Pipeliner: 27
Source: PMBC Group.
Percentage of U.S. adults who have no plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a poll conducted on behalf of Offers.com: 47
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of consumers who plan to shop at the same retailers as they did last year, according to the results of Price Grabber survey: 69
When asked why, percentage who said they would remain loyal to certain retailers because of good customer service: 70
"A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder." -- English proverb
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)