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  • Manufacturer: Spin Master Suggested Price: $39.97 What’s better than a radio-controlled flying helicopter? A radio-controlled flying helicopter that shoots as it flies, that’s what. Add in the ability to drive the vehicle on the ground over bumps, too — and an affordable price tag — and you have Air Hogs’ Hover Assault Radio-Controlled Helicopter.

    What will the hot holiday toys be this year? Retailers such as Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Kohl’s have weighed in with their choices for this year's must-have toys.

  • Nivea Sponsoring New Years Eve in NYC

    Nivea is sponsoring New Years Eve for its fourth consecutive year and the company is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. Sharing insight into the company's strategies and plans behind the big celebration, with Bill Graham, Beiersdorf USA president.

  • Holiday Central: U.S. Retail Outlook

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on how the holiday season went in 2011 and what themes to expect from retail in 2012.

  • Holiday Spending Close

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports the biggest winners of the holiday shopping season.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • How much does true love really cost? In the popular holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas," a series of gifts are given by a "true love", but something the song won't tell you is that the cost of these gifts - from the 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree - in reality  is quite pricey.Since 1984,  has calculated the real-world cost of the song, or what you would hypothetically pay if these gifts were bought at today's prices. , which is up 1.8% year-over-year to $21,465.56, is a m

    In the popular holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas," a series of gifts are given by a "true love", but something the song won't tell you is that the cost of these gifts in reality is quite pricey.

  • People make purchases inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Shoppers on their initial Black Friday excursions found good deals, but many did not seem to think it was worth braving the crowds. The NYT reports.

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    As shoppers hunt down bargains and gift ideas for the holidays, it will be hard for some to remember a time when they couldn’t pull out their smartphone and hunt down a store location, compare a product’s price, or scan customer reviews.

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    Here are some guidelines to help you get through the holiday-tipping season with your wallet and manners intact.

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    Retailers are counting on shoppers to return to an old holiday tradition: buying gifts for themselves.

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    For bargain hunters on the prowl for the best deal, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no longer an either-or proposition — and that’s a huge plus for consumers.

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    Wealthy Americans may appear to the masses as a unified group, but there is divergence in the attitudes of the rich toward holiday spending this year – which means that the key to how the holiday season unfolds may rest in the hands of the wealthiest.

  • 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.

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    After years of being the format for early adopters, movie fanatics and gadget gurus, Blu-ray is finally poised to go mainstream this holiday season. The technology, which won out in the format war with HD-DVD in early 2008, has seen a major surge in sales this year.

  • Cyber Monday

    Attention online shoppers: you really can save money on Cyber Monday. Although some have criticized the key shopping-day concept as being completely contrived—after all, the term was coined by the industry’s trade group—Cyber Monday has evolved into quite the sales event. A look at the how the deals will shake out throughout the holiday season.

  • China Retail

    Odds are you’re going to buy or receive a gadget this holiday season. Consumer electronics are always one of the top gift items in December, but the rush to get the latest gadget sometimes prevents people from thinking things through completely. Here are a few easy tricks that make electronics shopping—and the early days of owning these devices—a bit more bearable.

  • Sure shoppers may be willing to spend a little more this holiday, but retailers are well-aware that most are still seeking budget-friendly items to cover more people on their list. To cater to a widening range of personal budgets, affordable gifts will play a role in business game plans and remain a big part of present exchanges among consumers. But this year, it's not simply limiting the dollar spend, but rather finding that extra value in product functionality and usability, even within these

    To cater to a widening range of personal budgets, affordable gifts will play a role in business game plans and remain a big part of present exchanges among consumers.

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    This holiday season is setting up to be a real nail biter. Most holiday forecasts call for flat or just slightly higher sales than last year. But several factors may tip the scale. On the plus-side: there is a more upbeat mood among affluent consumers as well as a strong appetite for gadgets and electronics. On the downside: there is an uncertain economy, with unemployment stubbornly high, and a consumer who looks at spending quite differently than in the past. What will shift the balance?

  • Macys at Jersey City decorated for holidays

    Times are tough, and retailers are getting creative, wrapping their marketing campaigns in some unlikely packaging this year, from new “grab-and-go” gift shops at Macy’s to new flexible payment options at Sears.

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