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Shopping Trends of Consumers for the Holiday Season


Consumer sales still on a slump even as the holiday season begins. The sales of consumer goods especially auto products continued on a decline for the fourth month. Analysts had predicted a slight increase in the consumer sales for the months of October and November which is usually when holiday season shopping is at a peak. But the predictions turned out false with consumer sales still on a decline even this month.

supermarket_shopper-250x250The automobile sector is the sector to be hit the worst due to drop in consumer sales. It reported a growth of 1.4 percent for September and the sales for October dropped to 0.4 percent even with the motor manufacturers hopeful to exceed sales of September. Sales of consumer products excluding automobiles, gasoline and construction materials rose up by 0.1 percent compared to September. Sales at electronic stores fell by 0.4 percent and sales at clothing stores was stagnant with no significant increase or decrease of that of September. However, online stores reported an increase in sales by 0.4 percent. These trends are an indication of the way consumers shop during the holiday season.

Customers’ Cards Hacked at Trump Group of Hotels

blog_ATM_malwareThe customers of the well known Trump chain of hotels have been victims of a hacking attack, which has been going on for the past year. The details of credit and debit cards of customers used at several Trump hotels in various locations have been hacked by unknown individuals or group of individuals. Customers’ details were also hacked at the gift shops and restaurants within the hotel.

supermarket-credit-card-250The management in an official statement announced that the hotel is working along with Federal Investigation authorities to trace the perpetrators. Also, the hotel in an effort to win back the goodwill of customers have announce free one year of identity theft protection to the victims. This crime occurred at the following Trump Hotel Locations: Soho, New York, Miami, Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas and Toronto. The Trump group of hotels is owned by US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. He is the chairperson of the group of hotels and his children occupy several executive positions in the hotels.

It is to be noted that several other luxury chains of hotels, such as Mandarin Oriental have also had similar data attacks on their customers earlier this year. FBI officials are actively involved in this investigation and hope to nab the hackers quickly.

Forbes Reveals List of World’s Highest Paid Actresses

NEwRkfgWz6bJzE_1_bForbes Magazine revealed the list of the world’s highest paid actresses for this year. Jenifer Lawrence leads the list this year with $1 million more than last year’s number one position holder Sandra Bullock. The Hunger Games star has moved up one position this year from last year’s second spot. Scarlett Johansson of the Avengers comes in second followed by Melissa McCarthy of Spy fame. New comers to this year’s list include Bingbing Fan of XMen: Days of Future Past fame and Amanda Seyfried. While other actresses like Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jenifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie continue to occupy this year’s list too with their revenue from several brand endorsements. Given below is an extract from this year’s list with the actresses and their revenues for the last year.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals A6Jenifer Lawrence – $52,000,000
Scarlett Johansson $35,500,000
Melissa McCarthy $23,000,000
Bingbing Fan $21,000,000
Jennifer Aniston $16,500,000
Julia Roberts $16,000,000
Angelina Jolie $15,000,000
Reese Witherspoon $15,000,000
Anne Hathaway $12,000,000
Kristen Stewart $12,000,000
Cameron Diaz $11,000,000
Gwyneth Paltrow $9,000,000
Meryl Streep $8,000,000
Amanda Seyfried $8,000,000
Sandra Bullock $8,000,000
Emma Stone $6,500,000
Mila Kunis $6,500,000
Natalie Portman $6,000,000