For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.

Jan 6, 2020
We followed three small business retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. Here's the final word on how it went.
A UPS worker sorts packages to be loaded onto a delivery truck at the UPS sort facility in South San Francisco, California.
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For these retailers, the holiday season is crucial — and has deadlines

Dec 18, 2019
This holiday season, we're following several retailers from the end of November to the start of the New Year. This is part two of our series.
A holiday sale in New York City.
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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…
The 24th of September 1869: Panic on 'Black Friday' in the New York Gold Room.
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A Macy's sign is seen on a Macy's store at CityPlace after reports indicate that it is one of 68 stores that the company plans on closing on January 5, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Sears' bankruptcy and the business behind closing a business

Nov 2, 2018
One retail chain's restructuring is another store's opportunity.
The Sears at University Mall in Tampa, Florida, where everything must go.
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July sales are pressuring the shipping industry like it’s the holiday season

Jul 16, 2018
Today is Prime Day, Amazon’s annual day of discounts that the retail giant hopes will rack up sales and lure new subscribers to Prime. Walmart, Target, Macy’s and other retailers are also getting in on what’s being dubbed Summer Black…

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Toys R Us closing means toy makers need to find new outlets for sales

Mar 19, 2018
With Toys R Us closing its doors, what will happen to toy manufacturers that depended on the chain to display and sell everything from dolls to toy cars? What options do big toymakers like Mattel and Hasbro have, and what…

Tax plan relief will hit retailers that could use a break

Dec 21, 2017
The effective tax rate of many retailers has been just over 30 percent. The new tax bill could help them have more to spend on getting more competitive, in stores and online, as brick-and-mortars suffer. Click the above audio player…

Black Friday may not be best day for deals

Nov 22, 2017
More than half the respondents in a survey by WalletHub said Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year. The personal finance website analyzed ads from major retailers and found that there are a lot of deals…