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  Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 1:43 PM ET

Target Hits the City Streets With 'To Go' Gifts

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Taking a cue from the recent flood of pop-up stores, discount retailer Target is opening three temporary Target To-Go locations this holiday, catering to busy city-dwellers shopping on a budget.

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  Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 11:36 AM ET

Are These Holiday Gifts Stupid or Cool?

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Is holiday shopping bringing you down? Are you sifting through countless gift ideas trying to find something unique for the person who has everything?

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  Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 11:02 AM ET

Are Bad Holiday Gifts Ruining the Economy?

Posted By: Robin Knight
Presents in shopping bags in living room
Betsie Van der Meer | Stone | Getty Images
Presents in shopping bags in living room

We've all been there, you're unwrapping your presents on a perfect Christmas morning and there it is: the dreaded reindeer sweater from your Great Aunt Mildred.

Most people would just stick it in the back of the closet and forget all about it, but that bad sweater could be at the center of what one man is calling an "orgy of wealth destruction."

Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics, thinks bad gift giving is the scourge of the holiday season and is cheating consumers out of $25 billion worth of satisfaction.

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  Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 3:03 PM ET

Bloomingdale's CEO: The Secret No One's Talking About

With sales of more discretionary items such as accessories and jewelry picking up, Bloomingdale's CEO Michael Gould is hopeful that it will be a "very good December."

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  Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 12:24 PM ET

Big Deals Drive Cyber Monday Sales Up 5%

Sales were robust on Cyber Monday, as retailers dangled free shipping and other offers in front of bargain-hungry consumers.

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  Tuesday, 1 Dec 2009 | 12:02 PM ET

Christina Cheddar-Berk: Consumer Nation

It wouldn’t have taken a crystal ball last year to predict that consumer spending would be under intense pressure in 2009. But as we look to 2010, there are some conflicting signals about how the coming year will shape up.

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  Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 2:25 PM ET

Blue Nile CEO: 'We're Having the Best Cyber Monday Ever'

Source: bluenile.com

It looks like the holidays will be happy at Blue Nile.

In an interview on CNBC, Blue Nile President and CEO Diane Irvine said the online jewlery retailer is having its "best post-Thanksgiving ever."

"Today looks to be our best Cyber Monday ever," Irvine said. "So we're setting records all of the days of the weekend. We've exceeded our expectations, and I think what you're seeing is that consumers are coming online and seeing the convenience and the value."

(To hear the full interview with Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine, click here.)

In the days following Thanksgiving, Blue Nile saw an increase in transactions valued at more than $20,000, Irvine said. She added that the biggest single transaction was the purchase of a 5-carat diamond for just under $100,000.

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  Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 12:24 PM ET

Cyber Monday: The Last Vestige of Dotcom Hype

Is Cyber Monday the last vestige of dotcom hype?

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  Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 7:42 AM ET

Diving Partridge Demand Can't Keep Lid on '12 Days' Cost

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

The cost of buying the items from the classic "12 Days of Christmas" song increased by its smallest percentage in seven years in 2009, despite sharp rises in the price of gold and a minimum wage hike for the Eight Maids-a-Milking, according to PNC Bank's annual Christmas Price Index.

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  Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 6:29 PM ET

Longer Lines, Fuller Carts This Black Friday

By all accounts, the holiday season appears to be off to a robust start, with lines longer and carts fuller than a year ago, but a key question remains: What will happen after the holiday madness fades?

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