| Jan 14, 2015
| 11:25 AM
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...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 1:04 PM
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....
| Jan 14, 2015
| 6:58 AM
Retail sales took an unexpected dip in December, a signal that shoppers kept a tight watch on their holiday spending despite a boost from falling gas prices and a better job market.
In December, retail sales dropped 0.9% to $442.9 billion, the largest...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 12:44 PM
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...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 1:45 PM
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.
| Sep 25, 2014
| 2:30 PM
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...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:31 PM
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...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 1:18 PM
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...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 4:57 AM
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.
| Nov 30, 2014
| 4:21 AM
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...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Tannya and Florin Nistor loaded up their 4-month-old daughter Tatiana and headed north from Glenview Friday morning, arriving at Gurnee Mills at 7 a.m.
Yes, they were focused on securing some Black Friday deals, but the early-bird shopping excursion...