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The holiday season is a time for gathering and celebrating with friends and family, gift-giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its data collection.
Rush to the stores
Retail sales by the nation's department stores in December 2006 was $31.4 billion. Sales represented a 44 percent jump from November 2006 (when retail sales, many holiday-related, registered $21.8 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.
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