Dismal Christmas Sales

WARNING: Offensive language. Bad Santa – Santa having lunch

The “Bad Santa” had a dismal season in the video clip above. (WARNING: Contains language which some may find offensive.) And so too have sales for the latest Christmas shopping season been dismal.

  • Barnes & Noble’s sales fell 6.6 percent at its bookstores and online during the critical holiday season compared with last year, reports CBS News. [1]
  • “Sears Holdings released bleak holiday sales figures on Thursday,” reported the New York Times, “as year-end reports and company data from other retailers painted a disappointing picture of the overall season, with little growth over the year before.” [2]
  • There were dismal holiday sales for American Eagle Outfitters Inc. The sales and traffic remained soft during Christmas. [3]
  • In Great Britain, some of the major U.K. retailers are reporting dismal sales in the critical Christmas period. [4]
  • Sales at U.S. Toys “R” Us stores declined 4.7 percent during the nine-week holiday period, compared with holiday 2012. [5]

And you thought that “prosperity was just around the corner”! After all, only last month they were telling us about a light at the end of the tunnel and “tapering” of Federal Reserve bond purchases. Oops! Wrong again, eh economic “scientists”?

As Ersjdamoo’s Blog had foreseen back on January 1, 2014, “The government statisticians and the ‘news’ reporters are just manipulating the numbers. The latest December 2013 ‘news’ of ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’ was just part of a Christmas shopping season promotion. Since consumer spending is the main economic engine and the Christmas shopping season is crucial to sales, a ‘news’ faker ‘Happy Days’ report was issued.” (Background: General Predictions for 2014 and Beyond, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of January 1, 2014.)

The economic “scientists” had been forecasting rosy job gains for December. But, oops! – wrong again! “It came as a shock: U.S. employers added just 74,000 jobs in December, far fewer than anyone expected.” [6]

One bright spot was Tiffany & Co., seller of diamonds. Luxury jewelry maker Tiffany reported a 4% increase in sales for the key holiday period. [7] Who has money to buy diamonds!? Answer: Very rich people. This will all maybe “trickle down” to us someday. (Still waiting, though.)

Anyway, “trickle down” is quite clearly shown to us in the Bible, in the story of Dives and Lazarus. “Dives” is not actually a name, but instead a word for “rich man”. [8] The rich man dressed in fine clothes and was a luxury shopper. Lazarus was a beggar who hoped that some few crumbs from Dives might “trickle down” to him. Alas, “trickle down” never happened. (Maybe Lazarus used to comfort himself with the thought, “Trickle down is just around the corner.”)

We know what eventually happened. (Luke 16: 19-31) A “great gulf” was fixed between Lazarus and Dives: “…between us and you [Dives] there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us [Lazarus and Abraham], that would come from thence.”

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Barnes & Noble holiday sales drop 6.6 percent”, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/barnes-noble-holiday-sales-drop-66-percent/
[2] “Sears’s Sales Fell 9.2% in Tepid Holiday Season”, by Elizabeth A. Harris. New York Times, January 9, 2014
[3] “Dismal Holiday Sales for American Eagle”, by Zacks Equity Research. January 10, 2014
[4] “UK Chains Report Dismal Christmas Sales”, http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/uk-chains-report-dismal-christmas-sales-21472539
[5] “Toys ‘R’ Us had a grim Christmas; US sales declined 4.7 percent”, http://www.northjersey.com/news/239484291_Toys__R__Us_had_a_grim_Christmas.html
[6] “Surprisingly weak jobs report puzzles economists”, by Christopher S. Rugaber. AP, January 10, 2014
[7] “Tiffany Sales Climb 4% During Key Holiday Period”, by Jennifer Booton. Fox Business, January 10, 2014
[8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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