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Where are the shopping deals this year?

Nov 27, 2019
In clothing and appliances, sure. In furniture, not so much.
Shoppers walk past a 'Black Friday Sale' sign at a mall in 2018 in Naples, Florida.
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Lots of Americans go into debt over the holidays

Nov 26, 2019
It’s the most financially stressful time of the year.
A man walks past holiday decorations along Fifth Avenue in  New York.
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Black Friday could be a good time to go car shopping

Nov 25, 2019
Low interest rates and plenty of cars on lots could mean deals.
Car dealer lots have plenty of unsold inventory.
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How do retailers decide what to put on sale for Black Friday?

Nov 7, 2019
These tend to be highly guarded secrets.
Holiday merchandising is more strategic than you might think.
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Why retailers love it when you order online and pickup in store

Nov 23, 2018
Big box and department stores have invested heavily on making it easy for customers to pick up stuff they order online at the store. That’s because research shows that most of those pick-ups actually become shopping trips, where the customer buys more than just what was in the online cart. That’s a growing Black Friday […]

How the day after Thanksgiving came to be known as Black Friday

Nov 19, 2018
This Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is ubiquitously referred to as “Black Friday” by retailers, consumers and the media. We wondered: What does the term mean? And where’d it come from? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
The 24th of September 1869: Panic on 'Black Friday' in the New York Gold Room.
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Attention holiday shoppers! Deals are pretty much everywhere

Nov 15, 2018
Why is your in-box already overflowing with sale alerts and discount codes?
People walk past a shop advertising 'Black Friday' discounts.
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Holiday jobs outlook full of good cheer

Sep 14, 2018
Seasonal hiring likely to be so strong, employers will vie to fill jobs.
Amazon's 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Kent, Washington.
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In Rockport, Texas, residents review Black Friday priorities

Nov 24, 2017
As many Americans try to make the most of retailers offering deals on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the 10,000 or so residents of Rockport, Texas, are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Many are still living in hotel rooms. Some have had to relocate to rental properties miles […]

Korean firm helps extend Black Friday benefits overseas

Nov 24, 2017
Black Friday is an American phenomenon that increasingly, belongs to the world. Globalization and technology have made it much easier for folks overseas to buy sought-after American goods. This cross-border commerce has been around for decades but today, it’s getting a big boost. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.  Correction: A […]