Afternoon Coffee: Consumer Sentiment Rises, Wal-Mart Skips Free Shipping Offer for Holidays Kaitlyn McAvoy - October 30, 2015 12:07 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee | Tags: General News U.S. consumer sentiment reached 90.0 in October, up from the 87.2 in September, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index. Wal-Mart will not offer free shipping on all online orders this holiday season, only those over $50. The retailer is also encouraging shoppers to pick up online orders in stores. Shopping in malls will be popular again this holiday season. A recent report shows 82% holiday shoppers plan to shop in malls as much or more this season than last year. A United Nations advisory panel is not pushing for a full ban on shipping lithium batteries on passenger planes, but suggested significantly reducing the initial internal charge on such batters shipped as air cargo. SIGN UP for the Spend Matters newsletter Dirty Rotten Spendrels Discuss this: Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.