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The number of consumers who will purchase gift cards to give as holiday presents is projected to reach an all-time high this year, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows.
Even though a late Thanksgiving means a shorter period for holiday shopping in 2013, fewer consumers indicated that they will shop during Black Friday weekend this year, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows. 
Enticed by early deals offered by retailers, more than half of American consumers have started their holiday shopping, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows. 
More than one-third of consumers say they are likely to hit the stores at some point on turkey day though many will wait until the pumpkin pie is served to do so, Accenture’s annual Holiday Shopping Survey shows.
This holiday season, consumers are expected to continue to spend their money cautiously and will expect thoughtful and knowledgeable customer service when they do choose to go into a store, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said in a recent conference call.
Jewelers of America’s 2013 Cost of Doing Business Report shows that jewelers’ sales continue to increase a little bit each year, and that brick-and-mortar retailers may be regaining ground when it comes to diamond sales.
While fewer consumers shopped during the 16-day federal government shutdown, analytics firm ShopperTrak said its forecast for retail sales and foot traffic for the all-important months of November and December remains the same. 
Consumers looking to find free shipping deals for their holiday shopping won’t have to wait much longer.
Jewelers say they are concerned about how this latest fiscal crisis, coming only a little more than two months before the all-important holiday season, will impact consumers’ mindset about spending money. 
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