CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports the best online sales day ever on Cyber Monday for Wal-Mart. Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday was the highest 5-day stretch in online sales in company history.» Read More
Black Friday kicked off with protests at 1,500 Wal-Mart stores around the country. Workers want wages increased from $8.81 an hour to $12.50 an hour.
The retail industry looms large in this week's market winners and losers, and considering it's Black Friday, no surprise there.
Eager to entice cautious consumers, especially with six fewer shopping days this year than in 2012, many retailers offered sales on Thanksgiving, traditionally a day for family, friends and football games.
Despite saying it would be competitive on price this holiday, analysts said Best Buy is poised to be one of the season's winners.
Shoppers eager to get a jump on Black Friday got into arguments and fought in parking lots at a few places around the country. NBC News reports.
CNBC's David Faber reports on a fight over televisions that allegedly broke out among shoppers at a Wal-Mart in North Carolina.
Companies are making headlines ahead the bell Friday:
Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart EVP of general merchandise, discusses the state of the American consumer and if lower pump prices have impacted customers.
Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart EVP of general merchandise, discusses if the retailer is, so far, hitting sales expectations and what products are the best sellers. CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Wal-Mart averaged 41,000 transactions per minute last night minute.
If you hate the fact that stores opened on Thanksgiving, don't forget who's in charge here, says Carol Roth.
Dana Telsey, CEO and chief research officer, Telsey Advisory Group, and CNBC's Steve Liesman look at the online and in-store transactions from Wal-Mart and the huge numbers it reported.
The struggle of low-income workers, many in retailing, is adding momentum to efforts to increase the federal minimum wage. The NYT reports.
*Analysts forecast Q3 UK underlying sales down 1-2 pct. Tesco, which trails France's Carrefour and U.S. number one Wal-Mart in global sales, has spent more than 1 billion pounds on store revamps, more staff, new product ranges and pricing initiatives in Britain.
Despite cultural misstep that was quickly corrected, the tension between Ikea and its far-flung outposts remains. The FT reports.
Some retailers didn’t wait for the predawn hours of Black Friday this year. They were open before breakfast on Thanksgiving Day, and customers were waiting. The NYT reports.
Kmart, Old Navy and Lord& Taylor were some of the stores that opened their doors on Thursday morning, as each company did last year. Macy's Inc and a slew of other stores are opening later on Thanksgiving for the first time ever in a bare-knuckle brawl for a bigger slice of holiday sales.
The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that the retail cost for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is down 1 percent year on year, the lowest since 2010. Are the supermarkets to blame?
Neely Tamminga, a managing director at Piper Jaffray, thinks consumers might actually open their wallets this holiday season.
*HP, Apple lead tech sector's gains. NEW YORK, Nov 27- The Nasdaq advanced on Wednesday to its highest level since September 2000 as Hewlett-Packard lifted the tech sector a day after the company's earnings. Overall trading volume was light, with many traders out for the Thanksgiving holiday.
If you just decided to join the Black Friday crunch but didn't prepare well, don't despair: Just pick up your smartphone.