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  • 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.

  • Retail's New Grinch: A Sandy-Snarled Supply Chain Thursday, 8 Nov 2012 | 4:09 PM ET

    While no storm is ever welcome, Sandy’s timing, along with the nor’easter Athena, couldn't be worse. With just two weeks to go until Black Friday unofficially kicks off the 2012 holiday season, retailers are awaiting final inventory shipments for the holidays.