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Optimism at the mall: Retail sales up

Dec 13, 2012
Despite some worries about consumer demand this holiday season, U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in November.
Posted In: Retail, Federal Reserve
People crowd the first floor of a Macy's before the store's midnight opening that kicks off the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. A social-media campaign to boycott Black Friday in protest of events in Ferguson, Missouri, has begun to take shape.

The bigger influence on retail: Black Friday, or Sandy?

Dec 13, 2012
Hurricane Sandy sparked spending in the Northeast, but Black Friday is national and so has more impact on retail sales.
Posted In: Retail, Hurricane Sandy, Black Friday

Retailers could step up freebies for shoppers

Dec 10, 2012
As holiday season heads into the last stretch, retailers are gauging just how much they have to give away to get skittish shoppers to spend.
Posted In: Retail, holiday discounts, holiday shopping

Retailers try to thwart holiday shoplifters

Dec 4, 2012
Retailers could lose $9 billion this holiday season to thieves. So stores are trying to stay one technological step ahead of the crooks.
Posted In: shoplifting, Retail

U.S. retailers see fallout from Bangladesh factory fire

Nov 28, 2012
A growing number of U.S. companies -- including Wal-mart, Sears, Disney, Dickies, and hip-hop star Sean Comb's clothing line -- have been linked to the deadly garment factory fire in Bangladesh.
Posted In: Bangladesh, Retail, Walmart, clothing

Workers protest pay, conditions at Walmart warehouses

Nov 26, 2012
Critics say a system of contracting out warehouse operation and hiring allows discounters to avoid responsibility for workers.
Posted In: Walmart, Retail, low-wage work, union, permatemp, contractors

Black Friday may not reflect overall holiday shopping

Nov 26, 2012
Americans spent almost 13 percent more over the holiday weekend than last year, according to the National Retail Federation. But does the weekend binge mean we are actually spending more?
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, Black Friday

Black Friday myths busted

Nov 23, 2012
True or false: Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Purdue University professor Richard Feinberg says false. He debunks some common assumptions about the holiday shopping season and offers sound advice.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping, holiday shopping

Black Friday sales aren't always the best deals

Nov 23, 2012
A study says rather than lining up for those doorbusting deals today, you could do just as well by shopping at other times of the year.
Posted In: Black Friday, Retail

Why do stores open early after the holiday, anyway?

Nov 22, 2012
Most people don't go to Black Friday's early store openings. But for retailers, it's like an arms race. If their competitors open early, they have to respond.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping

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