Shoplifters and fraudsters have Christmas lists too, and leading a top 10 list of what sticky-fingered holiday thieves will take is, perhaps not surprisingly, booze. Shoplifting and fraud will cost U.S. retailers $8.9 billion over the holiday season, according to the Centre for Retail Research, based in London, and Thorofare, New Jersey, which released a study on the topic yesterday. That figure includes $3.8 billion through shoplifting, $4.7 billion through employee theft, and $400 million through vendor and distribution losses. The study estimates that the losses could represent a 2% increase over the same period last year. The “Shoplifting for Christmas 2012” report also revealed the product categories most likely to be stolen over the holiday shopping season are:
2. Women’s clothing and fashion accessories.
4. Perfume and health and beauty gift packs.
5. Electronic devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, and toiletries for men.
6. DVD gift sets and game consoles.
7. Food and Christmas decorations.
8. Electrical goods including hardware and/or do-it-yourself products.
9. Watches and jewelry.
10. Chocolates and confectionery.
Who pays for all the thievery? Everyone else who shops and actually pays. They will see an extra $98 per shopping bill, per family, the center says.