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Retail sales continued to grow in September at a pace that was roughly equal to that in August, providing some reassurance that consumers are continuing to spend, albeit in a cautious manner, according to a report released Wednesday.
If the flood of retail sales forecasts for Holiday 2010 isn't enough to get you in the holiday spirit, perhaps this will: the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out.
There continues to be a great deal of debate regarding the importance of the Black Friday shopping day.
It seems no sooner does someonesay it's significant , then another bit of evidence comes along to say there is a rise in consumer apathy for the event—which occurs the day after Thanksgiving.
With each passing year, it seems the notion of Halloween being a children's holiday gets farther and farther from the reality of the matter.
It seems Halloween is becoming a bigger deal each year, and 2010 is no exception, as the day serves as a great excuse for children and adults alike to take a brief escape from reality.
More adults than ever before are planning to get dressed up this year, with an estimated four out of every 10 Americans dressing up for the holiday, according to a National Retail Federation survey.
Click ahead to see some of the trendiest costumes for 2010.
By Christina Cheddar-Berk
Posted 4 Oct 2010
Retailers need to get their “promo mojo” in order to woo shoppers this holiday season, said analysts from retail consultancy Kantar Retail.
Talking with toy manufacturers at Time to Play magazine's annual holiday showcase event in New York, the message is clear: It is still all about value.
A 30 percent sales increase over the last year is due to a "laser-focus on product,” including the growing line of "shapewear," Maurice Reznik, the CEO of Maidenform, told CNBC Tuesday.
Reznik said the average American woman buys between five and six new bras a year. What convinces her to buy, says Reznik, are undergarments that make her look better.
One such line is called shapewear, which are girdles that don't show underwear lines on outer clothing.
U.S. retailers who are victims of consumer fraud will pay more than three times the actual value of the fraudulent transaction, according to a study released Monday.
Now that retailers such as Toys 'R Us and Kmart have weighed in on their picks for the hot toys for this Christmas holiday season, it's time for several toy industry trade publications to make their best guesses.
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."
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Retail expert Robin Lewis offered what he called a "win-win" solution for two retailers: Amazon should acquire Sears.
A new agreement requires GrubHub to ensure fees it charges restaurants for its service does not sap tips from delivery people or other workers.
Lululemon is having its first analyst day since its new CEO took over in January. Stacey Widlitz, CNBC retail analyst, provides perspective.