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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hampton Roads drivers see big savings on gas

    Hampton Roads drivers see big savings on gas
    As gas prices continue to descend to some of their lowest levels in more than five years, area consumers are beginning to loosen the strings on their purses, according to a recent federal report. Strong to moderate job and wage growth in October and...
  • Best Days For Holiday Deals? Green Monday and Super Saturday

    Best Days For Holiday Deals? Green Monday and Super Saturday
    With Thanksgiving Day discounts, Black Friday door busters, Small Business Saturday specials and Cyber Monday savings all in the rear view mirror, are there any deals ahead for December shoppers? Count on it, say consumer experts. Two of the season's...
  • What is Green Monday?

    What is Green Monday?
    So what exactly is Green Monday?  Green Monday, the second Monday in December, is yet another online shopping holiday coined by retailers to spark consumer excitement.  “It’s not as big as Cyber Monday, but it’s bigger than Black...
  • How to give—and spend—gift cards

    How to give—and spend—gift cards
    Yes, we know you want a gift card for Christmas. At least, the National Retail Federation says you do. The go-to present for distant uncles everywhere is the most requested holiday gift item eight years running, according to research from the industry...
  • Fewer shoppers say they'll be out on Thanksgiving

    Fewer shoppers say they'll be out on Thanksgiving
    Despite many retailers' plans to open their doors earlier on Thanksgiving Day, fewer consumers say they expect to shop during the holiday this year than last, possibly an indication that improved economic conditions means people are less desperate for the...
  • 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...