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."
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.
After a bumper crop of pumpkin-flavored products this fall, it looks like it’s time to bring out the gingerbread and mint at restaurant chains even though trick-or-treaters have yet to ring the doorbell.
No one knows who the "layaway Santas" are, but Toys 'R Us has drawn inspiration from their actions. The toy retailer has promised to donate $200 worth of toys whenever someone comes to their stores and pays off a stranger's bill.
Holiday shoppers plan to deck the halls and splurge a bit more on themselves this year, but overall spending will remain cautious this holiday season as shoppers hunt out the bargains.
As retailers gear up for the busy holiday shopping season, there’s trouble brewing in Toyland, according to research from Goldman Sachs.
Despite the eye rolling that occurs when shoppers see Christmas decorations next to Halloween candy, shoppers are starting their holiday shopping earlier to soften the holiday’s blow on their budget.
Toys ‘R Us is the latest retailer to begin offering streaming and downloading video for sale.
The numerous crosscurrents are playing out in the economy, making it very difficult to forecast holiday sales this year, said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation