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  • Drop in December retail sales adds doubt to strength of U.S. economy

    Retail sales took an unexpected slip in December, a signal that shoppers kept a tight watch on their holiday spending despite a boost from falling gasoline prices and a better job market. In December, retail sales dropped 0.9% to $442.9 billion, the...
  • Holiday sales rise 4 percent, but December disappoints

    Holiday sales rise 4 percent, but December disappoints
    2014 holiday retail sales increased 4 percent from the previous year, marking a "successful" season, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday, but Commerce Department figures for December alone painted a less rosy picture. The retail federation...
  • What's in a name? Black Friday, explained

    In the weeks and days before Black Friday comes, there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation. Shoppers crowd the stores hoping for the year’s best deals. Retailers stock the shelves hoping for the year’s best bottom line....
  • Holiday 101: Don't let the deals bust your budget

    Holiday 101: Don't let the deals bust your budget
    The season of good cheer, warm apple cider, family gatherings and, of course, shopping is here. Deal-hunting has changed a bit from scouring Black Friday ads over turkey bones — although some of us can't let that tradition go. Now, big box...
  • Summer retail sales rise but spending may not hold up through holidays

    As back-to-school sales blur into Christmas layaway promotions, consumers are spending again — but some economists warn that the splurging may be fleeting. Americans opened their wallets in August after falling gas prices and an improving job...
  • Frightfully early? No, say Halloween stores

    Frightfully early? No, say Halloween stores
    Three-year-old Giovanni Figueroa can't wait to get his superhero Halloween costume. "I want to be Iron Man, the blue one," he said with his dad, Christian, gently correcting him that blue Iron Man is actually sidekick War Machine. Halloween...
  • Taking the Kids -- and celebrating Halloween all October long

    Taking the Kids -- and celebrating Halloween all October long
    Love it, or hate it? Halloween, of course. The good news is that you aren't limited to one crazy day of last-minute costume fixes (weren't you sure you bought that witch wig?) and runs to the market for more candy. (How many more trick-or-treaters can...
  • Slow start in downtown Naperville on Black Friday

    Slow start in downtown Naperville on Black Friday
    Lawrence Spaulding of New Lenox had a theory Friday morning about the slow pedestrian traffic in downtown Naperville. “I think the big rush is over already,” said Spaulding, as he pushed his son in a stroller toward the Apple store where...
  • Macy's to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

    Macy's to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving
    Black Friday is continuing its creep earlier into Thanksgiving Day, with Macy's opening its doors at prime turkey-coma time. Macy's plans to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, two hours earlier than last year, “in response to the significant, sustained...
  • Back-to-school coupons & deals

    Back-to-school coupons & deals
    If you're back-to-school shopping this weekend before public school starts Monday, I've got loads of savings and deals for you. The average family will spend more than $669 on school necessities this year, says a National Retail Federation survey. Fight...
  • Cyber Monday guide: What deals should shoppers expect?

    Cyber Monday guide: What deals should shoppers expect?
    Move over Black Friday, Cyber Monday may be taking your place. Although Black Friday deals get all of the hype — and most of those start on Thursday — Cyber Monday accounted for 42 percent of the overall sales during the Thanksgiving...