| Nov 25, 2014
| 7:27 AM
For the first time in 11 years, Barbie is not the top toy for little girls this holiday season.
That title belongs to Queen Elsa, Anna and Disney's "Frozen" franchise.
A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found one in five parents...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Barbie, make room for Elsa.
Disney's "Frozen" has toppled Barbie as the No. 1 toy parents plan to buy for their little girls this holiday season, the first time in 11 years that Barbie has not held the top spot, according to the National Retail...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 9:24 AM
Dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are slowing operations to gain leverage during contract negotiations, management said.
The Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents employers operating port terminals and shipping lines, said...
| 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 6, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Just 46 shopping days until Christmas. (Yes, I included Thanksgiving Day in that count, since many stores will be open for business by the time you've finished your second piece of pumpkin pie. J.C. Penney will open at 5 p.m. and Sears, Macy's and Kohl'...
| 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 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 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 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...