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  • Target healing from breach, though shoppers remain at risk

    MINNEAPOLIS It wasn't the first, nor was it the biggest. But Target's data breach struck a nerve like no other. A year ago this week, cyberthieves started copying information from every transaction at Target's 1,800 U.S. stores. After they were...
  • Care about family values? Don't go shopping on Thanksgiving Day

    Care about family values? Don't go shopping on Thanksgiving Day
    Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, revolves around the communal family meal. With Americans’ increasingly busy schedules, it is a rare occasion to slow down and be with your nearest and dearest. But if some retailers have it their way,...
  • Should stores open on Thanksgiving?

    A titanic struggle is taking shape across America this Thanksgiving. Walmart, Kmart, Macy's, Target and other retailers will be open on Thanksgiving — a choice, they say, dictated by their customers' desires. Nordstrom, Costco, Crate and Barrel,...
  • Dress rehearsals help keep retailers' Black Friday on track

    Dress rehearsals help keep retailers' Black Friday on track
    A few days before Thanksgiving, Best Buy general manager Kevin Kodidek paced before his 100 store associates like a benevolent drill sergeant, psyching them up for the onslaught of deal-seekers who soon would come crashing through the doors. Crashing is...
  • More holiday wish lists go digital

    More holiday wish lists go digital
    Holly Riefke's two small children still write letters to Santa Claus. Or rather, they print their names on letters Riefke has written on their behalf, and together they drop them into a festive red Macy's mailbox designated for North Pole correspondence....
  • How to avoid Cyber Monday scams, hidden fees

    How to avoid Cyber Monday scams, hidden fees
    Brick-and-mortar retailers aren't the only ones having all the fun this holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday — the Monday right after Thanksgiving when online retailers offer exclusive promotions — is gaining momentum every year as shoppers...
  • Black Friday sales push earlier � some even before Thanksgiving dinner

    MILWAUKEE Only a couple of years ago, consumers could burn off Thanksgiving calories by waiting in the chilly Black Friday morning darkness outside stores for a chance to snag deeply discounted TVs and other "door buster" deals. This year, holiday...
  • The most wonderful and fiscally dangerous time of the year

    Moderation is hard in the season of excess spending and ardent adult peer pressure to participate in consumer orgies, but I'd like to offer a few words of precaution. Some might call it sanity. "This is the most dangerous time for people financially,"...
  • 'Frozen' ends Barbie's 11-year reign as top toy

    'Frozen' ends Barbie's 11-year reign as top toy
    For the first time in 11 years, Barbie is not the top toy for little girls this holiday season.  That title belongs to Queen Elsa, Anna and Disney's "Frozen" franchise.  A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found one in five parents...
  • 'Frozen' bests Barbie as top toy for girls

    'Frozen' bests Barbie as top toy for girls
    Barbie, make room for Elsa. Disney's "Frozen" has toppled Barbie as the No. 1 toy parents plan to buy for their little girls this holiday season, the first time in 11 years that Barbie has not held the top spot, according to the National Retail...
  • Best day for holiday deals? Not necessarily Black Friday

     Best day for holiday deals? Not necessarily Black Friday
    Those who would rather choke on a wishbone than forgo pecan pie for Thanksgiving Day sales or venture into the Black Friday madness might be happy to hear that next weekend's deals may be just the tip of the iceberg. "The 2014 holiday season is...