| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.
Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:21 PM
The doors were open well before 9 a.m. Thursday at Spruce Home & Garden in West Hartford Center, literally wide open to the street, the way manager Mary Goodwin likes it. And markdowns were plentiful.
As light snow trickled, customers were slow to arrive...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
With a week to go before Christmas, retailers are in full battle mode, with many unveiling plans to keep their stores open for marathon stretches to give last-minute gift buyers every opportunity to spend.
Toys R Us will throw its doors wide starting at...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:37 PM
The Black Friday shopping rush may be slightly less of a nail-biter for retailers after government data showed better-than-expected sales in October.
Retail sales jumped 0.4% last month, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday, handily exceeding the 0.1%...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 5:42 PM
Thanksgiving is increasingly becoming a holiday divided into two camps: shoppers vs. floppers.
I'm a flopper. After a week of muscular produce buying, and three days of virtually nonstop cooking culminating in 20 minutes of power eating, I can't wait to...
| Dec 19, 2013
Trinkel De La Paz, 24, loves this holiday's deep discounts because they're enabling her to be a more generous Santa.
To herself, that is.
The Silver Lake graphic designer bought herself an iPad mini and some clothes discounted on Cyber Monday, and...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
As the hardiest of shoppers prepare for the annual Black Friday consumption frenzy, many are convinced it's their one shot at a great deal.
But "that's not even close to the truth," said Matthew Ong, senior retail analyst at online personal finance...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 8:30 PM
In store after store, signs trumpeted 50%-off deals, buy-one-get-one-free promotions and free gift cards with purchases. Shoppers scuttled past holiday decorations with bags hanging from their hands to their elbows. A little girl at Old Navy begged her...
| Nov 27, 2013
Will shoppers be naughty or nice to retailers this holiday season?
Retailers, of course, would consider it nice if shoppers spent the next four weeks rushing to cash registers with mounds of full-priced products. Instead, analysts are predicting a...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 8:00 PM
It's a retailer's worst nightmare: trampling, shoplifting and fighting on the busiest shopping day of the year.
With several high-profile Black Friday incidents in recent years, merchants and shopping centers are on high alert. Security has been...
| Nov 30, 2013
When Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks opened its doors Friday at 8 a.m., Chuck Pierson had been awake for more than two hours after being dragged "kicking and groggily screaming" on his wife's quest to find perfect shoes.
The only fate that could be worse?...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 AM
As his family prepared to gather at grandma's house, Cameron Ligocki arrived at a Best Buy in Downers Grove at noon on Thanksgiving Day -- six hours before it opened -- to buy a 39-inch Insignia TV for $169.
His family "got a little mad" about him...