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With more travelers taking to the air and airlines still reluctant to add flights, you can go home for the holidays, but it will cost you. Airfare during the Thanksgiving holiday is averaging about 10 percent higher than a year ago, while travel in December may be even higher, according to research from online travel agency Travelocity.
If Deloitte's forecast is correct, retailers may see some of their holiday wishes come true this year, especially if they have the right e-commerce strategy. The consulting firm's retail group released their Christmas holiday survey, and predicted a modest increase in holiday sales this year, with total sales expected to rise 2 percent to $852 billion during the November through January period. Their measure, which excludes motor vehicle and gasoline sales, compares with a 1 percent gain during the same period last year.
Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine says she wants to be "a disruptive force" in the jewelry industry, and she just may have the killer app to do it. A sneak peek at a new app that Blue Nile will debut at the Apple store in about a week, shows the online jeweler really knows its customer.
Online shoppers are like nomads visiting multiple Web sites before making a purchasing decision. Studies show retail Web sites that offer superior customer service, including live help tools, see high customer satisfaction. Just how successful is live help?
In a store, sales clerks can serve customers' needs when they see there's a need, or greet them when they walk in the door, but online it's a more difficult task. What works better when it comes to live help on a Web site?
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Searching for meaning beyond a price tag, more holiday shoppers are giving custom-made gifts this year. A host of Web sites with names like Zazzle, Blurb and TasteBook are helping people quickly create one-of-a-kind products like clothing, books and jewelry.
Priceline is trading at a five-month high Thursday and drawing bullish options activity, after reporting quarterly earnings that exceeded Wall Street estimates.
So you're short on cash this holiday season, but you're not the knitting type. Hey, you don't have to cancel Christmas! DIY isn't just for knit scarves and tins of sugar-dusted prunes, you know. There are thousands of great gifts you can make right from your computer. How about a video scrapbook or an origami peacock? Here are a few ideas to get you clickin' this Christmas.
U.S. retailers are going to be pulling out all the stops this weekend — the last weekend before Christmas — with everything from jaw-dropping markdowns to round-the-clock openings in a last-ditch attempt to save the season.
Looking for that perfect gift for the gadget lover who has everything? Beyond the iPhone and Wii, here are 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season. Everything from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a washable keyboard and — wait for it — a touch-screen universal remote.
There may be a recession going on but don't look for signs of it in the toy aisle: There may still be mom-to-mom combat for the hottest toys — that is, if you can even find them. Click here to find out what the hottest —and most elusive — toys are this year.
If you're an avid online shopper, your email inbox is likely stuffed with discount offers as online retailers gear up for what will likely be the busiest shopping day of the holiday season.
From that TP dispenser with the old guy holding his nose to Jesus action figures, there’s a lot of really weird stuff out there and it’s a fine line between stupid and cool. Here are 12 of the weirdest gift ideas. Check 'em out, then you decide: Are they stupid or cool?
The CNBC/Portfolio.com Wealth in America Survey finds Americans painting a deeply grim picture of the current state of the economy. Click ahead to learn more.
The luxury sector is usually resilient during economic downturns but this one is so severe, it’s taken luxe retailers — and their stocks — with it. So, does that mean it’s time to add a few baubles to your portfolio?
More shoppers hit the stores over the Thanksgiving weekend than last year and they spent more, according to the early numbers, but with discounts already up to 70-percent off, margins are getting crunched like a candy cane being eaten by an impatient child.
Is your wilingness to "deck the halls" linked to the economy? A look at the "Christmas Tree" indicator.
The price of gallon of gasoline may be going down but, whew! Have you seen the price of true love? If swans a swimming and lords a leaping are on your shopping list this year, brace yourself: You're in for the most expensive Christmas ever!
Online retailers realize two things in this tough holiday season: They've got to get to customers earlier and longer. So, they started rolling out the deals early to beat their rivals to the punch.