The Business of Holiday and Winter Shopping

Seasons Greetings! Wondering where you can find data on holiday spending and consumer trends? The Boston Public Library offers a number of online resources to help you get the information you need.

Industry Data

A First Research Report from Mergent Intellect is a good place to find industry overview for publishers, toys, and candy manufacturing.  With almost 500 profiles, First Research can quickly get you up to speed on any given industry.

  • Greeting Card Publishers: about 100 establishments with combined annual revenue of about $3.3 billion
  • Toy and Hobby Stores: 8,100 stores with combined annual revenue of about $19 billion
  • Candy Manufacturing: 1,800 establishments with combined annual revenue of about $26 billion

Professional Associations

To locate business associations that cover a given subject area, such as retailing, select our Gale Directory Library, and search the Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations.

Government Statistics


Finally, did you know the BPL offers access to the Foundation Center at our Central Library location? This resource offers data on more than 140,000 grantmakers and 11 million + in grants. Here, you can find out which organizations are funding gift distribution, services for the homeless, and many other fields of interest.