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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Black Friday: Super Bowl of shopping kicks off at Gurnee Mills

    Black Friday: Super Bowl of shopping kicks off at Gurnee Mills
    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...
  • Shopping rush for Black Friday deals on the Peninsula

     Shopping rush for Black Friday deals on the Peninsula
    Andre Mosley was ready for an upgrade, and Thanksgiving night was the time to get one. "I was second or third in line for a PlayStation 3 last year," the 18-year-old Newport News man said. On Thursday, Mosley and his twin brother, Andrew, got in...
  • Oh how I yearn to bury Black Friday

    I am in no hurry to obtain "Grandpa" status. Yes, some of my friends have donned that title but, at 52, I'm not ready to wrap myself in a cardigan, retreat to a recliner and instruct everyone to stand near my "good ear" when addressing me. However, I...
  • Halloween by the numbers

    Halloween by the numbers
    Don't let the all the premature holiday jolliness fool you. Halloween rules October. For all the hype about people dressing up as ISIS fighters or Ebola doctors for Halloween, Mary Hickey Panayotou is just not seeing it. Customers in her Halloween shops...
  • Wal-Mart vows to lead on price this holiday shopping season

     Wal-Mart vows to lead on price this holiday shopping season
    Halloween who? As the coffin slams shut on Halloween, Wal-Mart and other retailers are launching their holiday shopping deals almost a month before Black Friday, promising to be cheaper, earlier, easier and faster to cater to the ever more value- and...