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Holidays will bring more hiring

Oct 1, 2012
Several big retailers will increase their ranks of seasonal workers, as consumer spending picks up.

Snowstorms stall post-holiday shopping

Dec 27, 2010
Retailers lost profits during the key weekend of the post-holiday season, as many shoppers opted to stay home. Marketplace's Janet Babin reports.

Cash and gift cards: Soulless presents?

Dec 24, 2010
Deciding what to get someone at Christmas and how many people to give gifts to can be torture for some. Gift cards and cash just lessen the pain. But is a giving someone a gift certificate or money soulless? Sarah Gardner goes shopping for some answers.

Holiday spending for people who don't celebrate Christmas

Dec 24, 2010
The National Retail Federation predicts sales this holiday shopping season will come in 3.3% higher than last year. But not everyone is celebrating this time of year. What's the season like for people who don't celebrate Christmas? Mitchell Hartman reports.

Why is consumer spending up this season?

Dec 23, 2010
Stacey Vanek Smith talks with the L.A. Times' consumer columnist David Lazarus about why consumer spending's up this season, and what to be wary of when you're out shopping.

Green gifting or greenwashing?

Dec 22, 2010
'Tis the season for gift giving but do you know exactly what you're buying? Marketplace reporter Adriene Hill ventures out on a shopping expedition to find out which holiday gifts are as green as they say to be.

Will last-minute shoppers find the bargains they're looking for?

Dec 22, 2010
All the good sales used to be after Christmas. But after the financial crisis, stores got desperate, and they started having sales before Christmas. So will last-minute bargain-hunters find the deals they're looking for?

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Why retailers might be out-of-stock of your gift

Dec 21, 2010
Searching for that last-minute gift? You might find those store shelves empty. Retailers, in anticipation of low shopping numbers, ordered less stock this year, just to play it safe.

Searching for a green holiday gift

Dec 16, 2010
Thinking of going green this holiday season? Sustainability reporter Adriene Hill takes us on her journey as she goes hunting for eco-friendly gifts.

What to get for the tech geek on your list

Dec 13, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to G4's Kevin Pereira about the latest in 3D technology. You can put it in your living room, but it's pretty pricey!