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  • How well retailers fare on Cyber Monday will offer insight into Americans’ evolving shopping habits during the holiday shopping season.

  • What's With All the Big TVs This Black Friday? Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    This was supposed to be the "Year of the Tablet" but Black Friday dispatches from the mall keep pointing to strong sales of big-screen TVs. So what gives? Didn't shoppers get the memo?

  • Consumers Seek Eternal Bargains: Tanger CEO Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | 12:23 PM ET

    Black Friday bargains aside, uncertain economic times have launched consumers on a never ending quest for “great value on great products”, the president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers told CNBC Friday.

  • Black Thursday? Thanks, but No Thanks: Macy’s CEO Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    The CEO of department store goliath Macy's said Friday he has no immediate plans to open the company's doors earlier to conform with the recent trend of early Thanksgiving sales.

  • Undercover Shopping: Testing Holiday Promises Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 4:21 PM ET

    Every year it seems the holiday season gets more competitive for retailers. First it was free shipping, now it’s free layaway and price-matching in guaranteed, speedy in-store pickup. Promises, promises. But do the programs really work?

  • Drum Roll, Please...And the Favorite Adult Beverage Is... Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    New hope for the beer business? According to recent survey by Consumer Edge Insight, 39 percent of alcohol-drinking consumers name beer as their favorite category.

  • Wal-Mart Shrugs Off Threats of Black Friday Labor Unrest Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 2:17 PM ET

    Wal-Mart worker protests and walk-offs planned for Thursday night and Black Friday had the retailer taking them seriously enough to send a top executive to the TODAY show this morning to downplay the story.

  • New American Tradition: Going Kosher for Thanksgiving Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 11:48 AM ET

    Kosher turkeys are slowly taking a larger share of the Thanksgiving market, with some companies seeing customers who don't keep kosher buying kosher poultry.

  • Black Friday This Year? 'Huge' Says Toys R US CEO Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    Bargain seeking consumers are expected to flock to the toy store on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Wal-Mart Steels Itself for Black Friday Labor Showdown Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    If you're going to a Walmart on Black Friday to score a cheap TV, the drama unfolding in the parking lot between labor and management might be bigger than what you’ll eventually watch on the screen.

  • If you are looking to do a little prep for Black Friday shopping by comparing TV prices online, Best Buy is not going to be much help today. The site has been showing a notice: "Our site is incredibly busy! Please be patient while we shovel you a path." And it's not even Black Friday!

  • Why One Poll Says 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas Monday, 19 Nov 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    A recent survey found that many tapped-out buyers would prefer that Santa Claus not even bother coming down their chimney.

  • Protests Backed by Union Get Wal-Mart’s Attention Monday, 19 Nov 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    In a rare move, Wal-Mart is trying to stop a union-backed group from staging a series of demonstrations against the company on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

  • Football history will always link former NFL quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer together. The wine business may link their future.

  • Drink Up This Doorbuster: Black Friday, The Beer Friday, 16 Nov 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    Set the alarm clock! There's finally a really good reason for beer lovers to wake up early on Black Friday morning. Black Friday, the beer.

  • No More Twinkies? It. Can't. Happen. In. America. Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 2:03 PM ET

    A world without Twinkies is like a world without a fluffy sugary fake creamy center. Hostess Brands says it will stop operations and liquidate the entire company if striking workers don't get back on the job by tonight.

  • Special Delivery From Wal-Mart's Silicon Valley Lab Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 4:40 PM ET

    The world's largest retailer is partnering with Goodies Co., a monthly food subscription service, to offer a taste-testing program.

  • Retailers are hoping to get holiday-shoppers into their stores right after they finish their Thanksgiving turkey, but some store employees are pushing back.

  • The economic downturn is hurting Americans including young people, who are struggling with debt and joblessness. See what's new on millennials' list of financial woes.

  • Turkey Prices Gobble Up More of Thanksgiving Budget Thursday, 8 Nov 2012 | 7:07 PM ET

    The cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner edged up slightly, but it could have been lower this year had it not been for the meal’s traditional centerpiece, the turkey.