| 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...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:31 PM
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...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 6:00 PM
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...
| 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...