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Black Friday may not be the best time to get a holiday deal. Retailers often mark up items by 70 percent to 80 percent of the initial cost, said an industry veteran.
Amazon made Black Friday into a week-long celebration. Craig Berman, Amazon.com vice president, provides insight. "The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver on Sundays is going to be fun to see this season," he says.
South Korea's higher-than-expected industrial production data could presage a stronger Christmas shopping season in Europe and the U.S.
King Lip, Chief Investment Officer at Baker Avenue Asset Management, says U.S. retailers must operate longer and earlier with heavier discounts to cover the shorter holiday season this year.
Rahul Sharma, founder of Neev Capital, says retailers use Black Friday to create excitement and get people shopping.
Garry Hogarth, CEO of Agent Provacateur, discusses the lingerie market and the "50 Shades of Grey" effect.
Mikihiko Yamato, Deputy Head of Research at Ji Asia, talks about Fast Retailing's recent expansion into U.S. markets, and explains why they will enjoy this adventure.
Liz Dunn, Macquarie Capital, is surprised only 31 percent of consumers plan on buying tech this holiday season. Dunn also doesn't see apparel being a great space for retailers.
Think of Black Friday doorbusters as a starting point. Here's how you can save even more.
Gusts are just below the 23 mph limit that would ground Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
From its manufacturing to the store shelves, CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on a day in the life of an Xbox One.
Bob Williams, co-founder of upscale furnishers Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, discusses its full-page advertisement about being closed on Thanksgiving.
Forget cheap electronics, many consumers will be lining up for something else on Black Friday: beer. Many brewers are using the day to release limited-edition beers.
Retailers take months of complicated planning to make sure Black Friday deals are in place, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.
How investors can play the holiday retail season, with Neely Tamminga, Piper Jaffray, and Patrick McKeever, MKM Partners.
With many retailers open on Thanksgiving day, Dov Charney, American Apparel CEO, says it depends on the context of the market whether a particular American Apparel store should be open or not.
Shopping has become very socially oriented, says Paul Rand, Zocalo Group CEO. This year mainstream retailers are using multiple social channels to connect with consumers.
CNBC's Jane Wells shares holiday consumers' sentiment while Courtney Reagan tracks Black Friday trend developments.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau, Robert Frank and Tyler Mathisen weigh in auto sales as Black Friday approaches. LeBeau says it's a fantastic time for dealerships because people are off for the long holiday weekend.
Sara Germano,reporter for The Wall Street Journal, says teens are more into cultivating their own brands than buying things just because of their brand name. CNBC's Jane Wells, weighs in on teen retailers.
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