| 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 10, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Three more South Florida malls are getting ready for post-Thanksgiving dinner shoppers, joining the growing list of malls and retailers opening at 6 p.m.
Boynton Beach Mall and Town Center at Boca Raton will both open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving and stay open...
| 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 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...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 4:56 PM
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...
| 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...
| Oct 25, 2014
Consumers may be thinking more about buying candy for Halloween than gifts for the holidays right now, but food-themed tree ornaments already sprout from a display at Sur La Table in Towson Town Center.
The glass ornaments — chocolate-covered...
| 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...