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  • Retail sales rebound ahead of the holidays

    Consumers went shopping in October and gave a much-needed boost to retailers, adding some crucial momentum to the holiday shopping season. U.S. retail sales increased 0.3% last month, after dropping 0.3% in September, the Commerce Department said...
  • How much do Americans spend on holiday gifts?

    How much do Americans spend on holiday gifts?
    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.
  • Fewer Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day, study says

    Fewer Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day, study says
    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-...
  • Apodaca: Big Santa is watching you

    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...
  • Slow start in downtown Naperville on Black Friday

    Slow start in downtown Naperville on Black Friday
    Lawrence Spaulding of New Lenox had a theory Friday morning about the slow pedestrian traffic in downtown Naperville. “I think the big rush is over already,” said Spaulding, as he pushed his son in a stroller toward the Apple store where...
  • Best day for holiday deals? Not necessarily Black Friday

     Best day for holiday deals? Not necessarily Black Friday
    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...
  • Thanksgiving is the new Black Friday for some

    Thanksgiving is the new Black Friday for some
    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...
  • Americans expect to spend a little more this holiday season, Gallup says

    Americans expect to spend a little more this holiday season, Gallup says
    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...
  • 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...
  • 'Frozen' ends Barbie's 11-year reign as top toy

    'Frozen' ends Barbie's 11-year reign as top toy
    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...
  • 'Frozen' bests Barbie as top toy for girls

    'Frozen' bests Barbie as top toy for girls
    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...