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Holiday Central 2011

  • Widlitz: Retail and The Game of Chicken Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 12:47 PM ET

    Maybe it should not come as a surprise that consumers are pulling back just in time for the holidays

  • Best Books for the Holidays 2011 Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 11:34 AM ET
    This holiday season there’s a book for every reader on your list. Some must-haves include biographies of the royals (those with blue blood and those who ruled their corporate empires), books that will forever change the way you think about money (hint: being super-rich isn’t what it used to be), books that inspired this season’s most-anticipated movies, and a book that will really make you think about how you think. Click ahead to see the best books of the holiday season.

    This holiday season there's a book for every reader on your list. Check out the best books of the holiday season.

  • The 12 Days Of Horrible Christmas Songs Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 11:51 AM ET

    Not sick of holiday music yet? This will seal the deal. I've compiled a list of the worst songs of the holidays.

  • Belle & Clive Jumps Into Luxury Retailing in a Flash Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 11:08 AM ET
    Belle & Clive

    The latest online luxury retailer, Belle & Clive is being launched Tuesday by retail veteran Bluefly, who is claiming that its long-established relationships with "the most coveted designer brands" will give competitors like Gilt Groupe a run for its money.

  • No Hit Toy to Brighten Retailers’ Christmas Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:09 AM ET

    The hitless season has retailers stocking less, leaning on classic items rather than new ones and possibly discounting less in the final days before Christmas. And with no Tickle Me Elmo or Zhu Zhu Pets to draw crushing crowds to the toy aisles, most retailers are being careful not to get stuck with unsold toys. The New York Times  reports.

  • Best Coffee Table Books for 2011 Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 1:13 PM ET
    You’ve done it again – you’ve run out of time and ideas and you need those gifts now.Relax.I’ve already shared with you my list of the  – but sometimes words aren’t enough. In fact, sometimes words are too much and what you really want from a great book – are great pictures.What you need then,  is that perfect coffee table book that will sweep those “hard-to-buy-for” people  off their feet – transporting them to another place, giving them hours of joy just flipping through the pictures.Click ahe

    What you need, is that perfect coffee table book that will sweep those “hard-to-buy-for” people off their feet.

  • Best Buy Cancels Some Orders Ahead of Christmas Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 10:03 AM ET

    The largest U.S. specialty electronics retailer said late Wednesday that "overwhelming demand for some products from Bestbuy.com has led to a problem redeeming online orders made in November and December.

  • Happy Holidays in Store for Videogame Industry Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 11:04 AM ET
    Battlefield 3

    While there's little doubt the videogame industry will once again end the year with negative growth, publishers are certainly positioning themselves to go out with a good fight.

  • Gifts That Will Make Them Laugh Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 9:56 AM ET

    Retailers are selling another batch of gag gifts this year. Since we're still on the fence about whether these gifts are on the cool side of stupid or the stupid side of cool, we're asking readers to pick.

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