| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:37 PM
The Black Friday shopping rush may be slightly less of a nail-biter for retailers after government data showed better-than-expected sales in October.
Retail sales jumped 0.4% last month, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday, handily exceeding the 0.1%...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Two new pricey videogame consoles from Sony and Microsoft are hitting retail shelves during the busy holiday shopping season -- normally the perfect time of year, given that the games biz typically generates much of its sales during the period.
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:30 AM
As you're double-checking your holiday shopping list, tack on a reminder to read each store's return policy before making your purchase. Some retailers are feeling a little less generous when it comes to returns. Such stingier policies are intended to...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 3:47 PM
It's Christmastime! Can't you hear the music?
As I wander through retail stores for my various shopping needs, I notice that the standard rotation of acceptable pop music jams has been updated to include holiday music. And not just any holiday. It's...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:48 PM
The annual retail arms race is invading Thanksgiving with a vengeance. Instead of a Norman Rockwell tableau of family gathered round the turkey, a more fitting image this year might be Americans rushing out to bag bargains.
On Monday, Wal-Mart, Target...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 6:27 PM
An immigrant Ivory Coast worker told a West Baltimore church congregation Sunday what it's like to make $11.50 an hour washing dishes at a food concession at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport — and struggle to make ends...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 11:37 AM
As it typical at this time of year, economists have been keeping a keen eye on retail sales across the nation and making forecasts about just how well they believe retailers will fare during the final weeks of 2013. Jitters abound because the calendar...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 2:06 PM
While the state of the economy remains debatable, shoppers will continue to be conservative with their Christmas budgets, retail analysts say. And that means more bargain hunting.
Here are some tips from deal-finding experts and local savvy shoppers...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:47 PM
Count on coal this Christmas.
That's what researchers at Morgan Stanley are saying in the first major forecast of a decidedly dour holiday season. Retailers hoping for a respite from a year of so-so shopping can instead expect the worst Thanksgiving-to-...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:32 AM
Christina Murphy wanted her Halloween party to be epic. Rooms were given ghoulish themes. Everything was cobwebbed. Each light bulb was switched out into autumn colors. She even hired a professional makeup artist for herself and guests.
| Oct 19, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Last year, we got a great tip from Joann Dove in Salisbury Township about how to turn tomato plant cages into outdoor Christmas trees. The holidays will never be the same.
It was a long time ago, but that column prompted a great response from Cathy...