EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


August 13, 2012

Column: Why retailers love it when summer starts to wane


The anomaly in online shopping is that it doesn’t appear to have been done for budgetary reasons. The online shopper will spend $874 -- 27 percent more than the average for K-12.

Another sign of improvement, even if the retailers are reluctant to say so, is that fewer college-age students will live at home: 42.9 percent this year versus 52.9 percent last year. One-quarter will live in campus housing.

Let us hope that all those school supplies, clothes and electronics pay off in a job and a career rather than a foldout couch in Mom’s basement.

Dale McFeatters writes for the Scripps Howard News Service.



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