WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16: FINAL SHOPPING DAYS
Profile America -- Thursday, December 16th. Counting today, there are just nine more shopping days until Christmas. This weekend promises to be the busiest time of the season, as bustling crowds of shoppers descend on nearly 49,000 malls and shopping centers across the country. Faced with the hassle of getting to, and then finding a parking place at these facilities, a growing number of people have turned to mail-order catalogs and ordering gifts online. The number of these businesses is approaching 17,000, and they generate sales of almost $200 billion annually. Some 45 percent of those sales come from people sitting down at their computers and ordering online. At the store or online, Americans spend a total of more than $4 trillion at the nation's retail outlets annually. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1017
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau