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  Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 12:11 AM ET

Retail Sales Show Tepid Growth in September: SpendingPulse

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.

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  Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 2:51 PM ET

Capturing the 'Charm' of Neiman Marcus' Fantasy Gifts

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.

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  Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 11:59 AM ET

No Debate: Discounts Will Matter This Holiday Season

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.

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  Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 10:09 AM ET

Sexy 'Sesame Street' Costumes a Hit This Halloween

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.

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  Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 10:08 AM ET

The Trendiest Halloween Costumes of 2010

Trendiest Halloween Costumes

It seems 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.
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It seems 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.

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

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  Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 2:24 PM ET

Retailers Need 'Promo Mojo' to Survive Holiday 2010

Retailers need to get their “promo mojo” in order to woo shoppers this holiday season, said analysts from retail consultancy Kantar Retail.

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  Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 6:28 PM ET

Already Two Holiday Toys Are in Short Supply

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.

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  Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 4:57 PM ET

Women 'Getting Bigger and Living Longer': Maidenform CEO

Posted By: Michelle Lodge

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.

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  Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 10:31 AM ET

For Every $100 in Fraud Losses Retailers Will Pay $310: Study

Posted By: Julia La Roche

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.

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  Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 4:13 PM ET

The Hottest of the Hot Toys Starts to Emerge

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.

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