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Chances are your wife doesn't need a matching pair of slippers to go with the pajama set you bought her this holiday.
Making a New Year's resolution this year?
Radio stations are playing Christmas songs seemingly nonstop, but which ones are consumers actually buying?
Since digital downloading has become one of the more popular ways to buy an individual song, we took a look at sales compiled by media measurement company BigChampagne from Apple’s iTunes store. The digital store accounts for 69 percent of the downloaded music market, according to market research group NPD Group.
The top ten-list turned out to be a mix of classics and fresh remakes from current artists. Check out the top -ten songs for the week ending Dec. 2, 2009. (Apple does not release volume data.)
Posted Dec. 11, 2009
Recessions tend to be a boom time for franchising, as the unemployed unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and start their own businesses. But the depth of this recession and a lack of credit has the number of franchised businesses shrinking this year.
With tight controls on inventory and expenses, retailers are likely to have a profitable holiday season, said Allen Questrom, the former chairman and CEO of JC Penney.
There's no room for coal in your stocking this year.
Price wars and saavy retailers ready to compete on price mean lots of great gifts under $10. Discount retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart have battled over who has the lowest prices on toys, books and DVDs, but this year's deals extend beyond discount stores and include items in home goods, beauty, apparel and technology.
"Stores and shoppers were caught off guard last year," said Ellen Davis, vice president of the National Retail Federation. "This year, retailers really had time on their side to plan ahead. Many of them ordered less inventory, [and] they looked for ways all year long to lower their costs so they could pass these savings along to their customers."
Here are some great gifts for men, women and kids that won’t drain your bank account.
By Krystina Gustafson
Dramatic price cuts in consumer technology brought buyers to stores the week of Black Friday, but retailers may have gone a little overboard on the loss leaders this year.
Even though the unemployment rate edged downward in last week's jobs report, an economic recovery is not yet underway, said Olivier Garret, CEO Of investment consulting firm Casey Research.
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."
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Prime retail rents around the globe rose by an average 2.4 percent compared to the same period last year.
"We are a soft target," says Bill Taubman, COO of Taubman Centers. "However, we have extensive security."
While the broader holiday sales picture isn't all merry and bright, for some retailers, that macro view really doesn't matter.