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A lot of the USA is experiencing very nice weather so perhaps people are outdoors more. Temperatures have been near-record warm in many areas.
Without checking my stats, I think I've been seeing a lot of tiny orders coming thru.
The growth is slower than previous years so I am guessing that is because of the recession.
There is a recent report in eMarketer that says that ecommerce sales will contract this year by 0.4%. When the recession is over they expecting massive growth in ecommerce. So the goal is to ride out the recession.
I've been getting people to get to the cart page, but there's more abandonments lately. It could be weather or the economy. Don't know.
Now, however, I'll be dead in the water on Sunday and Monday of one week and have a HUGE spike on Friday, which is typically my worst day for sales. The following week will see the exact opposite occur. I haven't had the time or wherewithal to try to match the trends up to the news, though! However, I could see stock indecies being a good indicator...yesterday was amazing for sales and the market rallied! Another thing to note: The first two weeks of March have been better than any other two week period so far this year.
The only trend which has still held true is that the beginning of the month, for the past three months, has been stronger than the end of the month. I figure this most likely matches customers' credit card statement periods: Pay the bill for February at the end of the month and then create new charges at the beginning of March, when you'll have the most time between charge and new statement.