Mid-day Extra: Presents might not be worth what you think

Dec 13, 2011
A new study shows that gifts that cost more, or take more time to pick out, might not be appreciated anymore than their less-thought-out counterparts.

Americans spending more on cars, clothing and furniture

Dec 13, 2011
American consumer spending is up, but shoppers are more conscious this time around -- and Black Friday might have been the high point of spending for a while.

Mid-day Extra: Streamlining holiday shopping

Dec 8, 2011
With increased competition from online retailers, stores across the country are taking steps to make the holiday shopping experience a bit faster.
Black Friday sales helped bolster the retail numbers, which went up for the sixth month in a row.
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Mid-day Extra: Do malls still matter?

Dec 5, 2011
The list of the top five malls in America was recently released. But with booming online shopping sales, are malls still relevant?

Mid-day Extra: Victoria's (not so) Secret branding

Nov 29, 2011
Tonight, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs on TV. What does the company gain by putting on such a show?

For public good, not for profit.

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Mid-day Extra: Cyber Monday goes mobile

Nov 28, 2011
Today is Cyber Monday, and it follows on the tails of a very promising Black Friday sales weekend. But what do customers, and companies, have to lose from the surge in mobile shopping?

Hope for a 'Santa Claus' rally?

Nov 25, 2011
Black Friday is usually a good day for the markets. It's a short trading day and there's generally lots of excitement about the start of the holiday shopping season. Today, not so much.

The truth about why we buy

Nov 25, 2011
Author James Roberts discusses the motivations behind our shopping habits, and the relationship between money and happiness.