| Nov 28, 2013
| 8:00 PM
It's a retailer's worst nightmare: trampling, shoplifting and fighting on the busiest shopping day of the year.
With several high-profile Black Friday incidents in recent years, merchants and shopping centers are on high alert. Security has been...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 AM
As his family prepared to gather at grandma's house, Cameron Ligocki arrived at a Best Buy in Downers Grove at noon on Thanksgiving Day -- six hours before it opened -- to buy a 39-inch Insignia TV for $169.
His family "got a little mad" about him...
| Nov 30, 2013
When Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks opened its doors Friday at 8 a.m., Chuck Pierson had been awake for more than two hours after being dragged "kicking and groggily screaming" on his wife's quest to find perfect shoes.
The only fate that could be worse?...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 11:10 AM
The Thanksgiving and Black Friday back-to-back shopping events proved to be more popular with Americans than they were last year, according to industry data.
The National Retail Federation pegged the number of unique shoppers Thursday through Sunday...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Despite extra time to shop as more retailers opened for business on Thanksgiving Day, consumers spent less money this year during the first four days of the official start of the holiday shopping season, according to a survey released Sunday by the...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:03 PM
Cyber Monday has been the largest online shopping holiday in the past two years, according to Shop.org, an arm of the National Retail Federation that focuses on Internet retailers.
Generally, bargain experts agree that Cyber Monday, which is Monday,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:49 PM
Consumers went in search of cyber deals Monday amid a barrage of emails and Web offers from retailers.
But Cyber Monday may be losing its significance as the biggest online day of the season, thanks to this year's earlier and more diluted kickoff to...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:10 AM
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales surged last month at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years as consumer spending heated up after a harsh winter.
The Commerce Department said Monday that seasonally adjusted retail sales increased 1.1% in March. Officials also...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:41 AM
The severe weather that has hit much of the country this winter has cost the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, according to a new survey.
Snow, ice and bitter cold will shave about 0.3 percentage point from economic...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:49 PM
It was only a matter of time before the finger-pointing started over who is to blame for data breaches like the recent high-profile ones at Target and Neiman Marcus that exposed the credit and debit card information of millions of shoppers.
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:41 AM
Retail sales growth will speed up, albeit slightly in 2014, rising 4.1 percent compared with an estimated 3.7 percent gain in 2013, the National Retail Federation said Thursday.
The Washington, D.C. based trade group which represents retailers such as...