Andrea Gardner is a journalism professor and writer in Pasadena, Calif.


Features by Andrea Gardner

Brands move to new department stores

Several labels at big department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and JC Penney are packing up and preparing to lay roots in new homes. Andrea Gardner explains why these brands are choosing to move down-market now.
Posted In: Retail

Going to prom on a tighter budget

High school students in Burbank, Calif., tell reporter Andrea Gardner how they're scaling back on prom because of the recession.
Posted In: Economy

Financial advisers step up their game

Investment firms are on the prowl for new customers. Those still in the green have the opportunity to snatch up new business after the downfall of companies like AIG. Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Recession comes to Broadway

The poor economy is dimming the lights on a number of Broadway productions as theaters struggle to fill seats. Meanwhile, the surviving shows are trying to carry on with smaller budgets. Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Health clubs expect to stay healthy

Lots of people may have made a resolution to get to the gym in 2009. But in these tough times, is the health club industry going to suffer from the recession? Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

Home prices continue to drop

The latest housing statistics are out, and they're pretty dismal. The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller housing index dropped 18 percent in October from a year ago, a record fall. It's the 27th month in a row the housing index has posted losses. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Housing

Yes, we can buy things again

Advertisers aren't expected to spend a lot in the forthcoming year, but with the money they do spend they hope to get consumers spending again. Andrea Gardner reports one approach is to use what worked in the presidential election.

Retailers expect more holiday returns

The gifts are out of the boxes, and some of them will inevitably be on their way back to the mall. And retailers are preparing to see an increase in returned merchandise this year. Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Retail

Have a crafty Christmas

In a survey conducted by Michaels craft store, nearly 60 percent of 1,000 respondents said they were more likely to make their own gifts this year. Andrea Gardner looks into the homemade trend that was popular this holiday.
Posted In: Retail

More holiday work may come yet

Retail employers are waiting for the results of today's sales to see if they can afford to beef up their staffs for the holiday. Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail


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