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Stores make the most of long shopping season

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.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, Christmas

The brave new world of dynamic pricing

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.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, dynamic pricing, online shopping

McDonald's plans to stay open on Christmas Day

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.
Posted In: Retail, McDonald's, holidays

Imagine a calendar without a holiday shopping season

Dec 13, 2012
How would the economy be affected if we didn't have Christmas and other holidays to stimulate our spending?
Posted In: Retail, Christmas, holiday shopping, shopping

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

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

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