National Retail Federation
This site offers many stats and studies on shopping trends.
Public Interest Research Groups
Consumer protection, environmental groups, dangerous toys, etc.
Use it to track sale trends for the holidays.
Purdue University: Holiday Shopping Facts and Figures
A study done in conjunction with the National Retail Federation.
Site features holiday shopping statistics.
A division of National Retail Federation that gathers consumer survey information.
Product reviews and research galore.
Lists retailers and best deals.
Set up a temporary address for online shopping purposes.
Site measures online and offline shopping habits.
Has holiday shopping projections/stats.
Stories and indexes tracking the economy. Could be good for sourcing stories as well.
About.com: Consumer Retail Habits
Dozens of helpful links.
This to That: How to Fix Things
How to fix broken things. Handy during the holidays.
What keywords are people searching during the holiday season?