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  • More anxious retailers will open earlier on Thanksgiving

    More anxious retailers will open earlier on Thanksgiving
    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...
  • News-Press Editorial: Real-time shops put their stock in Glendale

    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...
  • Shop savvy: How to save money on the holidays in 2013

    Shop savvy: How to save money on the holidays in 2013
    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...
  • Holiday-season retail sales look bleak, Morgan Stanley predicts

    Holiday-season retail sales look bleak, Morgan Stanley predicts
    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-...
  • Halloween party-goers hire pro makeup artists to perfect their costumes

    Halloween party-goers hire pro makeup artists to perfect their costumes
    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. Murphy...
  • Tomato cages make scary decorations

    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...
  • Decorate your lawn with jug-o'-lanterns

    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...
  • National Retail Federation predicts modest holiday sales

    National Retail Federation predicts modest holiday sales
    The National Retail Federation released its holiday predictions Thursday morning, noting that holiday sales will be significantly impacted by the actions of the federal government in the next 45 days. “Our forecast is also somewhat hinging on...
  • Average consumers spend $75 each on Halloween

    Average consumers spend $75 each on Halloween
    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....
  • National Retail Federation says shoppers will spend less this Christmas

    National Retail Federation says shoppers will spend less this Christmas
    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, d├ęcor, greeting cards and...
  • Government shutdown may crimp holiday shopping

    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...