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Holiday 2019: Retail Sales Fell Flat Despite Strong Last Minute Push, Reports NPD

“Holiday 2019 was all about cadence, with early promotions moving a fair amount of holiday sales ahead of the traditional shopping period and a surge of sales during the final week’s last minute rush,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry advisor, The NPD Group.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (PRWEB) January 14, 2020
U.S. holiday sales for key general merchandise categories were up just 0.2% in 2019 compared to 2018, according to weekly point-of-sale* results tracked by The NPD Group throughout the holiday season. The final holiday shopping week, which included Christmas and Hanukkah, showed robust growth and sales volumes across the apparel, toys, technology, small appliance, athletic footwear, and prestige beauty industries, but overall season results were still flat.
“Holiday 2019 was all about cadence, with early promotions moving a fair amount of holiday sales ahead of the traditional shopping period and a surge of sales during the final week’s last minute rush,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry advisor, The NPD Group. “Additionally, consumers continue to migrate to more ‘intangible’ gifting, putting more emphasis on experiences than things and focusing more on how they live than how they look this holiday.”
Weekly performance varied by category during most of the traditional holiday shopping season, spanning the eight weeks between November 3 and December 28, 2019. Technology and small appliances won the season with the largest dollar sales gains, while apparel and toys experienced the largest sales declines compared to Holiday 2018.
These lackluster holiday results came in spite of the consumer’s willingness to spend. Declines were greater in units than dollars indicating consumers gave higher-priced gifts this holiday, even amidst extensive promotions and deep discounting across retail.
“There were some clear winners during Holiday 2019, and strong execution of an omnichannel strategy proved critical for stores to stay in the game during a season where ecommerce drove the growth,” added Cohen. “Lessons learned from this unique season around the integration of digital and in-store traffic, and where the consumer focus really is, will be critical to retail success in 2020.”
Source: The NPD Group / Weekly Retail Tracking Service
*Information is collected from a panel of leading retailers that provide weekly point-of-sale data covering U.S. in-store and online sales; Amazon Marketplace is not included in these numbers.

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Author Ashley B.’s New Book “Mikey’s Favorite Holiday” Is a Charming Children’s Tale Celebrating the Fun and Excitement of Halloween

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 13, 2020
Ashley B., a Southern California native with a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling, has completed her new book “Mikey’s Favorite Holiday”: a delightful addition to any children’s library.
Candy, jack-o’-lanterns, witches, and ghosts—these are the things Mikey likes the most. Mikey and his trusty friends, Jay and Fred, go out for a night of trick or treating. A night they surely do not dread.
Published by Page Publishing, Ashley B.’s colorful book is an entertaining Halloween story for children of all ages.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Mikey’s Favorite Holiday” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.
For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.
About Page Publishing:Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create – not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues to focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.

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NutraScience Labs “Wraps Up” 6th Annual Holiday Season Fundraiser; Donates 7,948 Pounds of Goods to Island Harvest

New York-based provider of custom contract supplement manufacturing services collected canned goods and non-perishable items for Long Island families in need.(PRWeb January 09, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/nutrascience_labs_wraps_up_6th_annual_holiday_season_fundraiser_donates_7_948_pounds_of_goods_to_island_harvest/prweb16817052.htm

LA Injury Group Warns of Previous Seasonally-High Holiday Drunk Driving Statistics

Press Release – updated: Jan 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES, January 2, 2020 (Newswire.com) – The LA Injury Group, a personal injury law firm in Los Angeles, urges drivers to be careful when leaving holiday parties and events. Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found a higher number of people are hurt or even killed in accidents around the holidays which involve alcohol.
Every year, the study found, more than 300 people die in crashes related to drunk driving. In a five year span from 2012 through 2016, roughly four thousand people died in drunk driving-related crashes in the month of December alone. Around 25% of all vehicular crash fatalities involve one party or the other being alcohol-impaired. These statistics only include those who were killed in accidents. Many more were harmed in drunk driving-related accidents. 
“Everyone wants to have a good time at a holiday party. We understand that, but it’s always a good idea to have a designated driver. This is what rideshare programs are for. The last thing anyone wants is to be harmed in an accident during this, what should be one of the best times of the year. The numbers of people who are hurt or even killed in alcohol-related accidents around the holiday are far too high. At the LA Injury Group, we’ve helped so many who did everything right but were struck by a drunk driver around the holidays or any other time of the year,” said Benjamin Charchian of the LA Injury Group.
The Los Angeles personal injury attorney team at the LA Injury Group focuses solely on personal injury cases. They handle cases involving vehicular accidents, wrongful death, and much more.
For further information about safe driving during the holidays, personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles, or to make a press inquiry, contact the LA Injury Group at 144 N. Glendale Ave., Suite 202 Glendale, CA 91206 (818) 210-4558 or visit https://www.lainjurygroup.com.
Source: LA Injury Group

Holiday Supply Drive Led by Fidato Wealth to Benefit 'Shoes and Clothes for Kids' of Northeast Ohio Ends on Friday

Middleburg Heights Financial Planning Firm Announces Drop off Location for Socks, Hats and Gloves for Local Area School Children
Press Release – updated: Dec 18, 2019 08:00 EST

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio, December 18, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Fidato Wealth, an independently owned and operated fiduciary financial advisory firm announced their annual “Fidato Wealth Holiday Supply Drive” which will benefit “Shoes and Clothes for Kids” (SC4K). Fidato Wealth will be joining with clients and friends to collect clothes for children in the Cleveland area at their office in Middleburg Heights through this Friday, Dec. 20.
Top requested items this season are socks, winter hats and gloves in both children and adult sizes. Items (which must be new and previously unused) will be accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 20 at Fidato Wealth: 7530 Lucerne Drive, Suite 400 in Middleburg Heights. Directions to the office can be found here. Additional information via a linked form, including a list of items needed, directions to the offices and a form to indicate interest or ask questions is located here.
“SC4K positively impacts the lives of Greater Cleveland area school children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes and essential school supplies. We appreciate the community’s support and encourage anyone who would like to help to make their drop off of socks, winter hats and gloves to our office in Middleburg Heights by Friday,” said Tony D’Amico, CFP®, CEO and Senior Wealth Advisor at Fidato Wealth.

It’s painful to admit, but Cleveland’s child poverty rate is the worst of any large U.S. city, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the good news is that community efforts from organizations like Shoes and Clothes for Kids are making a real difference. SC4K’s mission is to improve K-8 school attendance by eliminating the lack of appropriate clothing, shoes and school supplies as barriers. Fidato Wealth is proud to support this effort and we invite our clients to join us in this important undertaking.

Amy D’Amico, Fidato Wealth
President & Sr. Wealth Advisor

“It’s painful to admit, but Cleveland’s child poverty rate is the worst of any large U.S. city, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the good news is that poverty continues to fall across the country and child poverty levels in Cleveland are at the lowest they’ve been in 10 years, in great part due to community efforts from organizations like Shoes and Clothes for Kids. SC4K’s mission is to improve K-8 school attendance by eliminating the lack of appropriate clothing, shoes and school supplies as barriers. Fidato Wealth is proud to support this effort and we invite our clients to join us in this important undertaking,” added Amy D’Amico, President and Senior Wealth Advisor at Fidato Wealth.
SHARED MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“Our first mission at Fidato Wealth is to make a positive difference in our client’s lives by helping them achieve their financial goals and aspirations. Additionally, we seek to make a positive difference in our community whenever possible,” said Ms. D’Amico. “This is our second year to work with Shoes and Clothes for Kids, including a very successful school supply drive we sponsored this past summer, called ‘Christmas in July.’ We felt a perfect synergy with what we do at Fidato and how they provide new outlooks for children in Cleveland. We invite the community as a whole to participate along with our firm and our clients in learning more about this worthwhile charity. We encourage you to see what SC4K is all about and how you can participate with your time and resources.”
“SC4K is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes, school uniforms, clothes and school supplies year-around at no charge to thousands of children in need,” said Terence J. Uhl, Executive Director, Shoes and Clothes for Kids. “We’re delighted that Fidato Wealth has offered to host a Holiday Supply Drive and serve as a special drop off location for the needs of our local kids. By ensuring children have the basic items they need, like shoes, we can improve school attendance by up to 24% in Greater Cleveland schools.”
SC4K distributes only brand-new items – school uniforms, casual clothing, socks, underwear, shoe gift cards and school supplies – to help K-8 students attend and stay in school. SC4K charges no fees to their recipients and relies solely on the support of donations. SC4K purchases and distributes discounted gift cards instead of shoes, allowing families to purchase new shoes or boots of their own choosing that are stylish and fit properly. These gift cards help the charity to carry out their mission with compassion, care and respect.
According to their website, in 2019, SC4K distributed new school uniforms and other clothing, and shoe vouchers with a retail value of more than $2.4 million. Also, this year, their Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center provided nearly 3,000 area school teachers with free supplies for their classroom with a total retail value of more than $2 million.
To become directly involved with SC4K or make a donation to help the 50th Anniversary Program Growth Fund, please visit www.sc4k.org.
ABOUT FIDATO WEALTH
Fidato Wealth is a financial advisory firm headquartered in Middleburg Heights, OH, that provides retirement planning, business advisory & consulting, and family wealth management services. As an SEC Registered Investment Advisor, the firm is legally bound to act as a fiduciary, which means that the clients’ needs always come first. Tony D’​ Amico, CFP®, CEO and Senior Wealth Advisor, has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Barron’s and other national publications. Fidato Wealth was named to Financial Advisor magazine’s Top RIA Ranking list in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Fidato Wealth earned a spot on WealthManagement.com’s Thrive Awards list in 2019. For more information, please visit www.FidatoWealth.com.
ABOUT SHOES AND CLOTHES FOR KIDS
Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is an organization which positively impacts the lives of Greater Cleveland area school children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes and essential school supplies. SC4K’s mission is to improve K-8 school attendance by eliminating lack of appropriate clothing, shoes and school supplies as barriers. For more information, please visit www.sc4k.org.
Fidato Wealth LLC is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Fidato Wealth LLC and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. Investing involves risk and possible loss of principal capital. No advice may be rendered by Fidato Wealth LLC unless a client service agreement is in place with you.
​Fidato Wealth Contact:Leesy PalmerImpact Communications, Inc.913-649-5009leesypalmer@impactcommunications.org​​​Shoes and Clothes for Kids Contact:Terence J. Uhl​​Shoes and Clothes for Kids216-881-7463, ext. 3 tuhl@sc4k.org
Source: Fidato Wealth