| 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.
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.
Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:23 PM
I don't need to remind you that today is Cyber Monday, and if your email was filled with as many offers as mine was this morning, you can save some serious dough. You also can lose some cash if you......
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The news that Walmart, Sears, Toys R Us, Kmart and Target will launch the Black Friday sales stampede on Thanksgiving night -- and not the day after -- is the final stake through the wishbone of our national day of thanks.
Old Kris Kringle got his...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:59 PM
California's employers created 29,100 net jobs in August, but the unemployment rate edged up for the second month in a row, climbing to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The jobless rate...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:26 PM
The National Retail Federation released its holiday predictions Thursday morning, noting that holiday sales will be significantly impacted by the actions of the federal government in the next 45 days.
“Our forecast is also somewhat hinging on...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Americans are expected to spend slightly less on Halloween this year.
A National Retail Federation survey found people plan to spend $6.9 billion dollars on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards.
That's down 14% from last year but up from 2011....
| Oct 16, 2013
No relief for the weary or disgusted investor — this week or for the next few months.
The political feud over the nation's debt continues, with the presumed danger zone for a decision coming within hours. October 17 is circled on the calendar as...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:41 PM
The National Retail Federation, a trade association of retailers, released its predictions for the holiday season on Wednesday.
According to the federation's survey, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 8:16 AM
The gift-giving season may be muted this year, as Americans, spooked by the government stalemate and ongoing economic weakness, plan to spend less on presents and other holiday preparations, according to the National Retail Federation.
More than 6,000...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:21 AM
The first government shutdown in nearly 20 years ended late Wednesday after Congress agreed on a deal to fund the government through Jan. 15. and raise the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. The 16-day ordeal took a toll on the national economy,...