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Sure, there are plenty of reasons to expect crowds at the stores this Black Friday - tradition, a more condensed holiday shopping season and a cost-conscious consumer - but there are also some subtle signs that retailers aren't too sure about the turnout.
Shoppers are gearing up to hit the malls for big discounts this Black Friday and mall operators, prepared for a brutal season, are ready for them with all kinds of amenities — everything from fresh coffee to valet parking, massages and nap time!
Planning a turkey dinner with all the fixings? Plan to spend a bit more than you did last year. It should cost an average of about 6 percent more to put a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner on the table, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau.
Not only are shoppers hitting the mall less frequently, they’re also hitting the computer less frequently this holiday season and that has e-tailers pulling out all the stops — before the turkey even hits the oven.
Gift cards used to offer shoppers the perfect holiday punt: You could avoid the mall and still be a hero for giving a great gift. But the crazy discounts that have resulted from the downturn in spending have changed the playing field and gift-card sales are expected to fall for the first time in five years.
United Parcel Service gave its holiday forecast Tuesday, and the company sees Dec. 18 as the big day for shipping packages. But in a sign of uncertain times, a few details are missing from the press release.
From rings on QVC to toys on Amazon, retailers are increasingly using video to sell their products on the Web. But today's Web videos are going far beyond product demos: Can we interest you in a virtual salesperson or a zombie video?!
If you're in the camp that thinks giving a gift card at the holidays is a bit of a cop-out, retailers have upped the ante this holiday season by rolling out some that put the "gift" in gift card.
We queried green experts and lovers alike, and came up with ten items that fit a variety of circumstances, from grab bag treats to under-the-tree stand outs.
Throw out the old rule book. This year, the stakes are different for retailers, says Global Hunter Securities Consumer Strategist Richard Hastings. He predicts retail sales will contract between 6 percent and 8 percent, sending shockwaves throughout the global economy.
The desire to splurge on children at the holidays tends to make toys somewhat recession-proof. Still, with Mom and Dad watching their budgets more closely, toymakers are rolling out items at a wider range of price points to snag sales.
When times get tough, women cut back on spending on themselves first. So when it comes to the holiday party — if there is one — this year, more women are rummaging through their closet, borrowing or buying secondhand instead of buying a new party dress.
Great news, Santa! Shoppers on the east coast may not have to brave the elements to deck the halls this season.
Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or the darker maduro, see what Cigar Aficionado's editors select as their choice sticks for this season.
With a dearth of dazzle in the holiday toy lineup this year, it looks like Elmo may just groove his way to the top again this year. But he might have to battle a robot or triceratops to win that coveted spot under the tree. Let the games begin!
In the wake of dismal sales from retailers, the International Council of Shopping Centers cut its forecast for the holiday season, which it issued only two weeks ago.
A distinguished group of wine authorities answer an oft-thought question: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why?
Take off that Sarah Palin mask and get your shop on because retailers are desperate this year and they've rolled out some hefty sales before the first little pirate or princess even hits the doorbell.
Already have the kids’ clothes for your holiday pictures? If you do, you might want to look again because that suit or dress is probably on sale, at a steep discount.
Gas prices may have come down but with the economy in a tailspin and consumer confidence at its lowest since 1967, small shop owners are taking preventive measures in order to survive what is expected to be the worst holiday season in years.
Consumer watchdog advises thinking twice this holiday shopping season. Group nominates 10 worst toys for annual list.
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