Black Friday By The Numbers

Posted: November 25, 2006

Shoppers streamed to area stores yesterday on the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers hope that those shoppers were buyers and that Black Fridays numbers presage more green in their future. Here's a tally of how the day added up for consumers and store operators.

9: Number of minutes it took to get a parking space at 9:43 a.m. at King of Prussia mall.

1,000: Number of goodie bags given out to the first shoppers at Willow Grove Park mall, starting at 6 a.m.

400: Number of bananas given away at the customer-service desk at Willow Grove Park mall.

500: Number of granola bars given away at the customer-service desk at Willow Grove Park mall.

10: Number of tour buses that dropped off shoppers at Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia.

4: Families in line for a picture with Santa at King of Prussia mall at 11:10 a.m.

1,135: Number of cups of hot beverages made at the Tassimo coffee kiosk outside the King of Prussia mall between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.

435: Number of mall staff working at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trusts eight Philadelphia-area shopping malls yesterday.

500,000: Number of LED candles sold this season by Philadelphias Brite Star Manufacturing Co.

89,090: Number of calls the cable TV shopping channel QVC received between midnight and noon.

26,000: Number of Dennis Basso Faux Mink throws sold on QVC as its most popular holiday item.

8,558: Number of vehicles that passed the last sensor on I-76 between 9 a.m. and noon yesterday.

10,118: Number of vehicles that passed that sensor during the same time period a week earlier.

403: Number of pieces of bling sold between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at By Hand Fine Craft Gallery, in Haddonfield.

37: Number of calendars sold between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Chester County Book Co. Biggest seller was Far Side off the Wall.

76: Number of Magiker media storage units sold at Ikea in South Philadelphia between 10 a.m. and noon.

42: Pounds of case candy sold between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Skips Candy Corner at Peddler's Village in New Hope.

2,000+: Number of entries between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Cherry Hill Mall for a $6,000 shopping-spree drawing.

68: Percentage increase in company-owned same-store sales at Verizon Wireless locations in the Philadelphia region compared with last year.

Contact staff writer Madhusmita Bora at 215-854-5649 or

Staff writers Akweli Parker and Lini Kadaba contributed to this article.

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