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  • UPS beefing up staff Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 2:03 PM ET
    UPS beefing up staff

    UPS has apologized to customers who may be experiencing delays in shipping orders. CNBC's Diana Olick reports online sales jumped 37 percent last weekend.

  • Three retailers cashing in on holiday sales Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 8:43 AM ET
    Three retailers cashing in on holiday sales

    Joe Feldman, Telsey Advisory Group, explains why he still likes Best Buy, sees potential growth in GameStop, and how the Gap's "spot on" merchandise will make it one of the likely winners this holiday season.

  • Year-end sales mania Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 10:17 AM ET
    Year-end sales mania

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports from the Grove Outdoor Mall in Los Angeles where approximately 80 percent of holiday shoppers are expected to take advantage of post-holiday sales using gift cards.

  • Weather & mobile influenced online surge Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 11:05 AM ET
    Weather & mobile influenced online surge

    Jaime Katz, Morningstar equity analyst, explains how the shortened spending season and mobile devices contributed to the online holiday shopping surge. CNBC's Jon Fortt provides insight.

  • Online sales projected to grow 15 percent vs. 2012 Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 1:09 PM ET
    Online sales projected to grow 15 percent vs. 2012

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on the mobile and social driven growth of online sales in 2013.

  • Holiday shoplifters: It's all about 'ME ME ME!' Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 11:20 AM ET
    Shoplifting incidents rise around the holidays, and experts say the culprits are often seeking an emotional boost. In this photo illustration, two women steal electronics. Editor's note: The subjects’ faces have been intentionally blurred.

    Holiday shoplifting goes up during the holidays, but not because thieves are trying to make Santa's bag bigger.

  • Top retail holiday winners may surprise you Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 7:26 AM ET
    Top retail holiday winners may surprise you

    Pamela Quintiliano, SunTrust analyst, shares her thoughts on which retailers took the top spot in the holiday traffic shopping wars. Consumers were looking under the tree for electronic and high-end jewelry and luxury items this year, says Quintiliano.

  • How Duck Dynasty affects the Cracker Barrel bid Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 11:32 AM ET

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's top shareholder, Sardar Biglari, said he was considering a bid for the restaurant chain.

  • Hukkster: Disrupting the world of retail Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 6:52 AM ET
    Hukkster: Disrupting the world of retail

    Katie Finnegan, Erica Bell, Hukkster co-founders, explain how shoppers can use their website to find the best deals on their wish list.

  • Is there a 3-D printer under the tree? Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 1:38 PM ET
    A woman took a closer look at the Replicator 2 at the new MakerBot 3D printer store in Boston.

    Three-D printing has been a breakout tech story this year, but the question is whether the printers will end up in people's homes.

  • Why fewer champagne bottles are set to pop Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 11:11 AM ET

    Economic woes in champagne's home market of France took the fizz out of global sales for the second year in a row in 2013 between 3 and 4 percent.

  • Empty shelves! Are video game consoles back? Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 12:57 PM ET
    Customers receive the new Xbox One during the midnight launch event at the Microsoft retail store at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia.

    New game consoles from Sony and Microsoft are sold out in many stores, a hint that the business is turning into a two-horse race. The NYT reports.

  • Eat, drink and be merry—but is the food safe? Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 9:39 AM ET

    A recent outbreak of food poisoning has led to calls for tougher inspection measures even as the government begins reforming food safety rules.

  • Some shoppers still awaiting post-Christmas deals Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 8:00 AM ET
    Holiday shopping

    With just one day to go before Christmas, it's becoming clear that shoppers have won the annual game of chicken.

  • Think shopping is nuts here? Check out this country Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
    Christmas shoppers fill the pavements of Oxford Street

    If the promotions seemed relentless in the U.S. this holiday season, be thankful you weren't in the United Kingdom.

  • Bought a gift online? Good luck returning it Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    Web sales are up—along with returns. Here are some of the toughest and the most lenient return policies for gifts bought online.

  • Chart of the Day: The most requested gift cards Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Year in and year out, gift cards are one of the most requested holiday presents. Total spending on gift cards last year reached $29 billion.

  • Photo-finish 'e-holiday' season: Pro Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 12:18 PM ET
    Photo-finish 'e-holiday' season: Pro

    Neely Tamming, Piper Jaffray, and Howard Tubin, RBC Capital Markets, discuss retail before the holiday season comes to a close. Tamming says e-commerce has had the upper hand this season.

  • McDonald's employee site bashes fast food Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | 5:59 PM ET

    McD's employee resources site has even more odd advice for workers. This time, it's about the industry it helped make ubiquitous...fast food.

  • Retail margins getting squeezed this season: Expert Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 8:06 AM ET
    Retail margins getting squeezed this season: Expert

    Gerald Storch, Storch Advisors CEO, provides an inside look at the make-or-break season for retailers. The consumer is using the Internet to shop, says Storch.

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