| Dec 7, 2014
| 7:37 PM
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...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:03 PM
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...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 8:31 AM
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...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 9:17 AM
The National Retail Federation has released its Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, giving us an idea of what the average American plans to spend to celebrate the season. Click through the photos to see how the dollars break down.
| Nov 20, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Fewer customers plan to trek out to browse the sales on Thanksgiving this year, although millions of Americans will still shop over the Black Friday weekend, a study says.
More than 61% of consumers say they plan to shop either online or in brick-and-...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 4:28 PM
When the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written in 1932, little did Depression-era Americans understand the prescience of the somewhat-creepy warning, "He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake."
Today those lyrics seem...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 6:48 PM
For months, contract negotiations between a powerful union and multinational shipping lines progressed amicably in public, even though roughly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers labored without a contract.
Now the public harmony has been shattered, raising...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 4:11 AM
Those who would rather choke on a wishbone than forgo pecan pie for Thanksgiving Day sales or venture into the Black Friday madness might be happy to hear that next weekend's deals may be just the tip of the iceberg.
"The 2014 holiday season is...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 8:05 PM
Adam Soltys worked in retail for years, with his last job ending for a major electronics chain about the time "they started going to the whole Thanksgiving-opening stuff."
"And that's something I absolutely do not agree with," said Soltys, who lives...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Americans said they expected to spend slightly more on holiday shopping this year, but the figure is down from an October estimate and indicates they might be having second thoughts about the strength of the economy, according to Gallup poll results...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Retail sales bounced back last month after a disappointing September drop, providing positive consumer-spending momentum heading into the holiday shopping season.
Sales increased 0.3% in October after decreasing 0.3% the previous month, the Commerce...