At the start of the holiday season, consumer spending rose 16.8% year-over-year by yesterday evening, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracked 80% of online transactions at the top 100 U.S. retailers.
It's Black Friday- the biggest shopping day of the year, and millions of people across the country have already set out to find doorbuster deals.
But a strong labour market, rising home prices and stock markets at record highs have improved United States shoppers' appetites this year. For the last seven years, ThinkProgress has provided our readers with a shopping guide to the stores that are remaining closed for the duration of Thanksgiving-and the ones that are not.
Store closings have more than tripled to a record 6,700, according to Fung Global Retail and Technology, a retail think tank.
Non-store sales, which include online sales and those from kiosks, are expected to rise 11-15% to about $140 billion.
All of the shoppers are looking for different things, but after the same deep discounts. If you see one that would look ideal on your living room media console or hanging in your man cave, don't hesitate: A few of the best deals appear to already be sold out.
Traffic from desktop and laptop computers declined 11% and almost 6% respectively, according to the data.