Black Friday kicked off shopping spree also helped along by weather, First Data says.
Fort Community CU in Wisconsin one of 20 institutions across the land participating.
Analysts are predicting slow sales this holiday season, but credit unions say they are ready, willing and able to help members on Black Friday and beyond.
Thursday shoppers showed up in study of Thanksgiving Day-Black Friday spending this year.
USAA forecasts higher sales among holiday shoppers in a summary of results from the company’s fourth annual holiday spending survey of 1,011 adult consumers.
Scant interest found for mobile payments.
Nearly 47% say they plan to spend less this season, according to the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates.
Credit unions looking to boost fee income with card interchange from holiday sales may not see as much holiday cheer as last year.