Christina Cheddar Berk is a senior news editor at a CNBC.com. Before joining CNBC, she was a special writer at Dow Jones Newswires and a guest columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Cheddar Berk was part of a team of reporters who received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for breaking news coverage. She also has worked as an associate editor for "The World Almanac" and an assistant editor for "Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia."
After an early frenzy of shoppers socking toys away for the holidays on layaway, the brief glimmer of hope for a turnaround in the beleaguered toy industry has vanished.
With holiday sales gains widely expected to slow from last year’s pace, retailers are employing new tactics to help close the deal.
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.
Although the headlines are still dominated by the U.S. presidential election and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, analysts are still looking ahead to the busy holiday shopping season — there are only 48 days until Christmas — and some of the latest reports are more optimistic than the earlier projections.
Layaway seems harmless enough, but unless you are taking advantage of the free layaway programs being offered by some retailers this year, it might not be the bargain it seems.
Bloomingdale's is attaching chunky plastic tags to some dresses to fight "wardrobing."
McDonald's says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes $5 items could be launched nationally this year.
In a move to boost its light beer brand, Heineken is tweaking the taste with a popular hops.
The battle to boost the minimum wage escalated Thursday when fast food workers in 50 cities walked off the job.
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney is a retail reporter for CNBC.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of CNBC's 5pm ET show "Fast Money."
Struggling retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said it will extend CEO Mike Jeffries' contract, days after a shareholder urged the company to replace him.
Analysts said a sales decline in L Brands same-store sales should turn around as the holiday progresses.
Wal-Mart has agreed to settle lawsuits involving explosions of plastic gas cans.