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  Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 12:43 PM ET

New York Town Says No to Walmart & 'Christmas Creep'

One upstate New York town is drawing a line and saying "no" to "Christmas Creep."

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  Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 10:32 AM ET

Walmart Expands Black Friday Hours, Joining Others

You might want to make it a Thanksgiving Brunch this year.

That's because Wal-Mart Stores and a number of other retailers are expanding their hours for Black Friday in the hopes of luring more shoppers who want to get a head-start on their holiday shopping.

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  Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 12:45 PM ET

Thanksgiving Dinner Costs Rise, but Budgets Don't

American families are going to have to be a bit more savvy to bring their Thanksgiving dinner to the table on budget.

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  Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 1:27 PM ET

It's Not the Holidays Until an Angel Walks the Runway

When it comes to ringing in the holiday season, some retailers do it with bows, ribbons, candles, lights and trees.

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  Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 11:28 AM ET

Victoria's Secret 2010 Fashion Show

Posted By: Oliver Quillia

Angels On A Mission

This year's Victoria's Secret runway event has aspirations for the purchasing public this holiday season. Not that they need any convincing. Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret parent company, says a large part of the businesses recent surge in sales is largely due in part of the brand's Pink line, catering to older teens and college-aged women. The runway show, which airs this Nov 30th on CBS, is always a hit, too, even without the "Head Angel" Heidi Klum who quit the show.Celebrity pop stars Kat
Photo: Oliver Quillia for CNBC.com
This year's Victoria's Secret runway event has aspirations for the purchasing public this holiday season. Not that they need any convincing. Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret parent company, says a large part of the businesses recent surge in sales is largely due in part of the brand's Pink line, catering to older teens and college-aged women. The runway show, which airs this Nov 30th on CBS, is always a hit, too, even without the "Head Angel" Heidi Klum who quit the show.Celebrity pop stars Kat

Each year, Victoria's Secret kicks off its holiday-selling season with a runway event, designed to build excitement about its products. Not that they need much convincing this year.

Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret's parent, is heading into the key holiday season with a lot of momentum. Some of that is coming from its Pink line, which has seen a surge in sales. Pink, a line that targets older teens and college-age girls, is highlighted in this year's show, which airs Nov. 30 on CBS. The show is always a hit, even without its "Head Angel," supermodel Heidi Klum, who quit the show.

Celebrity pop stars Katy Perry and Akon will lend their star power this year for an event only Victoria's Secret can produce.

Click ahead to see scenes from this year's event.

Posted 11 Nov 2010 by Oliver Quillia

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  Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 12:48 PM ET

After Three Long Years, Families Dining Out Again

Grab the crayons and the kids' menus, families are dining out again.

Restaurant visits from families or parties with children in tow this past summer rose after three years of declining traffic, according to market researcher NPD Group.

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  Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 10:48 AM ET

Corporate Gifts—A Desk Calendar Won't Cut It This Year

Posted By: Cynthia Lin

Corporate-gift giving is tiptoeing back into the holiday scene this year, but companies are putting special effort into the gifts they send in order to establish a more emotional connection with their customers.

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  Monday, 8 Nov 2010 | 10:09 AM ET

The Surefire Holiday Hit: Gadgets

Posted By: Chris Morris

Consumers may be planning to spend less on gifts overall this holiday season, but that frugality seemingly won’t apply when it comes to consumer electronics.

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  Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 2:01 PM ET

Sears Open on Thanksgiving for First Time in 85-Year History

Why wait for Black Friday? Searsisn't.

The retailer will open its Sears stores from 7 a.m. until noon on Thanksgiving, according a leaked circular obtained by CNBC.com.

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  Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 2:32 PM ET

Limited's Sales Are Tickled Pink

There are a couple of key takeaways from October chain-store sales : Sure, it was a month that relied heavily on markdowns to drive sales, but shoppers also need to see something fresh and new at the store.

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