Dec 25, 2012 The day after Thanksgiving is known as the biggest retail sales day of the year. The day after Christmas is the start of the biggest week for holiday gift returns and a tough time for retailers.
Dec 20, 2012 Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, meaning procrastinators get an extra day at the beginning of next week to finish up their shopping. And because Thanksgiving was as early as it could be this year, it's an extra-long holiday season for retailers.
Stacey Vanek Smith
Dec 19, 2012 Online retailers are changing their prices multiple times a day, raising prices when they can, lowering them when they must. Want a better deal? Wait 10 minutes.
Dec 18, 2012 McDonald's is telling franchisees to open this year on Christmas Day. Staying open on Thanksgiving this year gave a nice boost to McDonald's sales, and they'd love a repeat performance.
Dec 14, 2012 With the in-fighting in Washington over the fiscal cliff, the future of tax deductions for charitable giving is uncertain. But author and philanthropist Kevin Salwen argues, if anything, we need to encourage more giving.
Shereen Marisol Meraji
Dec 14, 2012 Marketplace Wealth and Poverty reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji takes a look at how the charitable tax deduction has changed over time and why some think lowering it could benefit the middle class.
Dec 14, 2012 Those who earn $50,000 to $75,000 donate about eight percent of their discretionary income. That's twice as much -- percentage-wise -- as those making above $200,000.
Dec 13, 2012 How would the economy be affected if we didn't have Christmas and other holidays to stimulate our spending?
Dec 13, 2012 Despite some worries about consumer demand this holiday season, U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in November.
Dec 13, 2012 Hurricane Sandy sparked spending in the Northeast, but Black Friday is national and so has more impact on retail sales.