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  • November sales grew despite Black Friday's decline

    November sales grew despite Black Friday's decline
    Despite a wimpy Black Friday, early estimates show retail sales posted solid growth in November as a whole, suggesting that earlier and more frequent discounts are stealing the thunder of the traditional shopping weekend, but giving the industry...
  • Cardin introduces consumption tax language

    Cardin introduces consumption tax language
    WASHINGTON -- After years of advocating for an overhaul of the nation's tax code, Sen. Ben Cardin took a tentative first step toward that goal on Thursday by introducing legislation to replace much of the current income tax with what he calls a...
  • November retail sales beat expectations as gas prices fall

    Retail sales rose more than expected in November as consumers took advantage of falling gasoline prices and an improving job market to go shopping. The jolly report for the first days of the crucial holiday spending season adds to other indicators of...
  • Handling holiday returns helps fuel Lanham firm

    Handling holiday returns helps fuel Lanham firm
    In Optoro's sprawling warehouse in Lanham, dozens of workers scan, sort and pack toys, shoes, laptops, books, headphones, power tools — almost anything that consumers bought online and at stores then sent or brought back. The returned goods may be...
  • Kohl's to stay open 100 hours straight

    Kohl's to stay open 100 hours straight
    In a new holiday promotion, Kohl's Department Stores plans to stay open for 100 hours straight. The marathon hours will start at 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, and run through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve on Wednesday, Dec. 24, the retailer said. "Customers can...
  • FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days

    FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days
    Inside FedEx Corp.'s sorting facility, mechanical arms whir within a labyrinth of buzzing blue and yellow machinery. Cardboard boxes drop onto a conveyor belt with a thud, zipping down the line to be sorted before making it to shoppers' doorsteps for...
  • Port of Virginia tonnage, revenue up in November

    Port of Virginia tonnage, revenue up in November
    Despite being past peak-season, container cargo import and exports continue to post month-over-month gains at the Port of Virginia. The Virginia Port Authority, which operates terminals in Portsmouth, Newport News and Norfolk, said Monday a total of...
  • Starbucks sees big Christmas Eve sales in the cards

    Procrastinators: Starbucks thanks you. The coffee giant anticipates a record number of gift cards to be bought on Christmas Eve as people race to get their holiday shopping done. Last year, more than 2 million cards were sold on Christmas Eve — an...
  • Activation fees for gift cards are tough to justify

    Why does it cost $4 to activate a gift card? Encino resident Carol Powell, 67, posed that question to me after being told by a Target cashier about the cost for getting a $25 prepaid card up and running. Powell planned to give the card to a low-income...
  • Retailers preparing for Super Saturday

    Retailers preparing for Super Saturday
    It is time to panic. Procrastinators who spent the last two months rolling their eyes at holiday promotions that began on Halloween and avoiding the Black Friday crowds are facing the final shopping rush. And retailers are striving to meet them where...
  • Retailers remake Easton

    Retailers remake Easton
    The day after Thanksgiving, on the outskirts of Easton, a frenzied line of shoppers battled for deals on big-screen TVs and DVD players. Downtown, other customers quietly wandered into the Mercantile Home on Northampton Street to browse and buy...