| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During 2012, for example, we spent $11.8 billion -- yes, billion with a "b" -- on bottled water. That...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:30 AM
A well-intentioned uncle sent your eight-year-old a Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. But rather than Transformers or Legos, your youngster really wants a nice leather basketball from his favorite sporting goods store.
Call this an opportunity to...
| Feb 2, 2014
Nordstrom is famously forgiving when shoppers change their minds about purchases.
Customers love it — especially those whose motives may be questionable. The Seattle retailer has been known to take back well-worn clothing, shoes bought years...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:49 PM
It was only a matter of time before the finger-pointing started over who is to blame for data breaches like the recent high-profile ones at Target and Neiman Marcus that exposed the credit and debit card information of millions of shoppers.
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Retail sales rose a smidgen in July, growing 0.2% amid back-to-school shopping even as auto dealers and home goods merchants lagged.
The slight month-to-month uptick represents the fourth straight gain, according to the Commerce Department. Wall...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:19 AM
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.
During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits,...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 11:10 AM
The Thanksgiving and Black Friday back-to-back shopping events proved to be more popular with Americans than they were last year, according to industry data.
The National Retail Federation pegged the number of unique shoppers Thursday through Sunday...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 12:49 PM
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days of the years at malls and other shopping centers around the country, as the prospect of bargain bin televisions and dirt cheap clothing draws hordes of deal-hunters to shake off their...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Retailers slammed with preparations for the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping bonanza last month added 471,000 workers to payrolls -- a number that fell 4.7% short of the record 494,400 seasonal employees brought on board during November 2012.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:58 AM
FedEx Corp. said Wednesday it expects the busiest Cyber Monday shipping week in its history this year as more consumers turn to shopping online for the holiday season.
The company said it expects to move more than 22 million shipments on Cyber Monday,...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 9:08 AM
UPS expects to move more than 34 million shipments on its peak shipping day this year -- up about 21% from the same period last year.
To handle the increased workload, United Parcel Service announced it will hire 55,000 seasonal workers this holiday...