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Holiday Central 2008

The Pulse of the Shopping Season

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The Latest On Consumers and Retailers

  • High-End Toys for a Discount     Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 11:43 AM ET

    High-end cars, yachts and jets are selling for a discount, reports CNBC's Margaret Brennan

  • Luxury Retail Roundup     Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 8:16 AM ET

    A look at how the luxury retail sector performed this holiday season, with CNBC's Margaret Brennan

  • HPain in Retail     Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 3:14 PM ET

    It was a painful Christmas for retailers, and Mark Belford, of Stifel Nicolaus, and Jennifer Herber, of Stephens Inc., share their insight. Jordan Kotick, of Barclay's, takes a look at what the charts are saying about the sector.

Analysis, Insights And Trends

  • More Losers Than Winners This Year Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | 3:53 PM ET
    Shoppers rush to get in line outside of the Best Buy early Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, in Jackson, Miss., to take advantage of the Black Friday bargains. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Discount and dollar stores are back in fashion and back in the black. Just about everyone else has his back to the wall.

  • Outlook: Ho, Ho, Horrible Wednesday, 26 Nov 2008 | 9:33 AM ET

    Retail traffic has slowed to a crawl as consumers shut their wallets, caught in the paralyzing grip of tightened credit, rising unemployment and falling home values. It may take a miracle to save retailers this Christmas.

  • Everyone Has A Budget This Season Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | 3:53 PM ET

    Holiday spending can get out of hand in a hurry, forcing many families to start the New Year mired in credit card debt, so hard times warrant a harder look at your budget.

How to save on gifts, shipping and time

  • Giving On A Tight Budget Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    Overspending and the holidays go hand and hand, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here's twelve ways to be frugal without being cheap.

  • Common Budget-Busting Mistakes Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 1:13 AM ET

    Trying to please everyone and have fun doing it in the process is hard enough, so use some common sense and a bit of guile.

  • Stress-Free Holiday Shipping Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    Finding the gifts is one thing, getting them to the recipients on time can sometimes be quite another -- especially without spending a small fortune

Holiday Slideshows

  • Blinging in The Holidays: 2008 Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 2:23 PM ET
    Recession? What recession? Despite the credit crunch and soft economy, there's no signs of skimping on luxury in the latest edition of the Neiman Marcus annual Christmas Book. New fantasy gifts for the ultra-rich range from a $60,000 LEGO sculpture to a million-dollar custom-built golf course. Click on to check out some of the posh items on the list.

    New fantasy gifts for the ultra-rich range from a $60,000 LEGO sculpture to a million-dollar custom-built golf course. Click to check out some of the posh items on the list.

  • Hottest Digital Cameras for Your Budget Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 2:02 PM ET
    There's no escaping the ubiquitous digital camera these days. It's big business now more than ever, with industry leaders Canon, Nikon and Sony duking it out for global supremacy. Whether you're looking for a quick-to-capture point-and-shoot or the top-of-the-crop pro DSLR, click ahead to see which models offer what you're looking for in a new camera. We grouped them into four categories: > > > >

    Whether you're looking for a quick-to-capture point-and-shoot or the top-of-the-crop pro DSLR, click ahead to see which models offer what you're looking for in a new camera.

  • A Dozen Fine Cigars Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 9:01 AM ET
    Love em or hate em, for centuries cigars have been the choice tobacco product for millions of smokers and like fine wine, has been universally recognized as a sophisticated vice of the well-heeled connoisseur. The US spends more than $1 billion a year on the often sneered at stogie and its impact on popular culture has grown with celebrities such as James Gandolfini's character Tony Soprano who was rarely seen without one protruding from his face.Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or t

    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.

  • Cool Gifts for the Gadget Lover Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 5:41 PM ET
    Looking for that perfect gift for the gadget lover who has everything? We dug past the piles of iPhones and Wii consoles to come up with 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season, from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a touch-screen universal remote. Click through the slideshow to check out these 10 gadget gift ideas for someone on your list -- or yourself!

    We dug past the piles of iPhones and Wii consoles to come up with 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season, from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a touch-screen universal remote.

  • Green Gift Guide Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | 9:17 AM ET

    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.

  • Selections for the Whiskey Enthusiast Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | 12:43 PM ET
    Whiskey is as versatile as the components used to make it, ranging from the use of barley, rye, corn and other grains in the fermenting process to a range of wooden casks during the aging process. To get a sense of the best whiskey spirits, CNBC.com asked Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV to give us four of his favorites in each category. Here's what he told us.

    To get a sense of the best whiskey spirits, CNBC.com asked Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV to give us four of his favorites in each category. Here's what he told us.

  • Holiday Tipping Guide: 2008 Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | 4:15 PM ET
    Figuring out who to tip—and how much—can be frustrating. So we asked several etiquette experts for their advice and whittled the list of gift recipients down to these 10 service providers. »

    Figuring out who to tip—and how much—can be frustrating. So we asked several etiquette experts for their advice and whittled the list of gift recipients down to these 10 service providers.

  • Hot Holiday Toys Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 4:15 PM ET
    Parents get ready. The holiday toy season is on the way. With no mega-toy this year, manufacturers are hoping to win over kids with a variety of choices. Toys expected to be bestsellers this year range from cupcake makers to the latest LEGO sets to a large, moving dinosaur. Take a look at the 12 toys likely to be top sellers this year, according to Toy Wishes Magazine.»

    Take a look at the 12 toys likely to be top sellers this year, according to Toy Wishes Magazine.

  • Wines to Bring to a Holiday Meal Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 1:20 PM ET
    We've asked a reputable and distinguished group of wine authorities a simple, yet often frustrating question facing millions this time of year: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why? Click ahead and read which wines experts like Wine Spectator's Executive Editor Thomas Matthews and world renowned chefs Lidia and Joseph Bastianich chose to pair with the traditional American turkey feast with all the fixin's.

    A distinguished group of wine authorities answer an oft-thought question: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why?

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