| Oct 14, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Americans are expected to spend slightly less on Halloween this year.
A National Retail Federation survey found people plan to spend $6.9 billion dollars on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards.
That's down 14% from last year but up from 2011....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:41 PM
The National Retail Federation, a trade association of retailers, released its predictions for the holiday season on Wednesday.
According to the federation's survey, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Add another potential casualty of Washington's gridlock: the holiday shopping season.
The congressional stalemate that brought about a partial government shutdown has rattled Americans already spooked by years of economic weakness. And the uncertainty...
| 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
| 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,...
| 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...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 1:11 PM
Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season.
With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 — raising...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Last week Cathy Woolley in Allentown showed us how to use tomato plant cages to make ghosts to decorate your lawn for Halloween.
But what if you don't have a garden or you don't have any tomato plant cages? You're probably feeling like you've been...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 11:47 AM
Retail imports at the nation's seaports are expected to be flat through most of the summer but will ramp up in the fall as retailers stock up for the holiday shopping season.
Import volume is expected to grow a modest 1.1% in July compared with July...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:29 PM
Cargo volume at the nation's ports is expected increase in March, despite port slowdowns as a result of automatic federal budget cuts, according to a retail group.
A monthly Global Port Tracker released Monday by the National Retail Federation...