| Jan 8, 2015
| 4:21 PM
A rebounding economy and big discounts encouraged Americans to spend more briskly in stores than expected during the winter holiday shopping season.
Sales at 1,000 retail chains nationwide rose 4.6% to $270.1 billion in November and December,...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 1:04 PM
In the weeks and days before Black Friday comes, there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation. Shoppers crowd the stores hoping for the year’s best deals. Retailers stock the shelves hoping for the year’s best bottom line....
| Dec 20, 2014
| 3:24 PM
The day after Thanksgiving, on the outskirts of Easton, a frenzied line of shoppers battled for deals on big-screen TVs and DVD players.
Downtown, other customers quietly wandered into the Mercantile Home on Northampton Street to browse and buy...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 2:01 PM
This holiday season, it's almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.
International online payment services such as AliPay and PayPal are trying to ensure that a South Carolina fashionista can...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 3:55 PM
Shoppers flocked to stores on Super Saturday, boosting sales as the clock counted down to Christmas.
The Saturday before Christmas saw sales hit $23 billion, surpassing Black Friday's $20 billion this year, according to research firm Customer Growth...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 5:53 PM
Holiday shoppers were back in force Friday, clutching gift cards, searching for deals, returning unwanted presents and feeling pretty good about the year ahead.
Each year, Erin Neubauer, 45, spends the day after Christmas buying ornaments with her...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 11:36 AM
It’s time for Around Town’s annual hat tip to dreidels, latkes and menorahs. Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday honoring the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem around 160 BCE (or B.C.) after the successful Maccabean Revolt against...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Retail sales rose more than expected in November as holiday shoppers took advantage of falling gas prices and an improving job market to scoop up electronics and other goods.
In November, retail sales climbed to $449.3 billion, up 0.7% from October...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:24 PM
When it came time to brew its 1,000th batch of beer 22 years ago, the Goose Island brewpub on Clybourn Avenue wanted to do something special. So then-brewmaster Greg Hall made the darkest, booziest stout he could and let it sit in a bourbon barrel —...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 12:44 PM
The season of good cheer, warm apple cider, family gatherings and, of course, shopping is here.
Deal-hunting has changed a bit from scouring Black Friday ads over turkey bones — although some of us can't let that tradition go. Now, big box...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Toys "R" Us will open its stores at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the same Black Friday kickoff time as last year for the toy retailer.
The stores will stay open all night and throughout Black Friday, closing Friday evening at 11 p.m.
Toys "R" Us also...