| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:53 AM
Retail sales in holiday-related categories such as apparel, electronics and jewelry rose a “decent” 2.3%, according to a Thursday report from MasterCard SpendingPulse.
The so-so upswing from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 improved on the same period in...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:37 AM
Retail sales rose more than expected in November as purchases of cars surged and early holiday-season shoppers took advantage of Black Friday deals to load up on electronics and other goods
Clothing sales, however, suffered.
The Department of...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:09 AM
The private-sector labor market heated up significantly last month as companies added 215,000 jobs, the most in a year, in a surprisingly positive sign for the economic recovery, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday.
The figure beat economists'...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:19 AM
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.
During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits,...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:43 PM
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it.
The fashion doll — possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products — endured a 13% sales slide during the...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:23 PM
I don't need to remind you that today is Cyber Monday, and if your email was filled with as many offers as mine was this morning, you can save some serious dough. You also can lose some cash if you......
| Dec 9, 2013
| 11:12 AM
Green Monday, an online retail term was coined in 2009, refers to the second Monday in December, one of retail's biggest sales days online.
Cyber Monday sales were up by nearly 20 percent this year, according to industry analysts, and retailers are...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:22 AM
The usual sale Black Friday sales bonanzas this year extends to concert tickets from six area music venues. And Cyber Monday deals may be even better. Here are some that are offering discounts today, Friday Nov. 29 and Monday, Dec.......
| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:30 PM
"There's a difference between book smart and street smart," a frustrated White House staffer told me last week. He didn't have to say any more. His meaning was clear. The Obama White House is filled with book smart people. It's the street smart ones...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:10 AM
Amazon.com made headlines this week with the announcement of Amazon Prime Air, but it isn't the only company that's testing delivery drones.
Reports this week say UPS and Google are two other companies that are also testing delivery drones for their...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:38 PM
WASHINGTON — The nation's economic recovery, seemingly stuck in another pothole after the 16-day federal government shutdown, now looks to be back on track again — and accelerating into the new year.
Recent data, especially this week, have...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 3:40 AM
After hot-footing it around South Florida in the middle of the night during the busiest shopping day of the year on Black Friday, my wallet is happy.
But my feet ache from standing in long lines and my back hurts from being rammed by shopping carts....