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  • Retailers extending Black Friday deals amid lukewarm demand

    Retailers extending Black Friday deals amid lukewarm demand
    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-...
  • With Deep Discounts, Retailers Stretch An OK Christmas Season

    With Deep Discounts, Retailers Stretch An OK Christmas Season
    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...
  • Anxious retailers stretch holiday hours

    Anxious retailers stretch holiday hours
    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...
  • October retail sales data are better than expected

    October retail sales data are better than expected
    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%...
  • Apodaca: On the side of the floppers

    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...
  • Self-gifting by consumers is on retailers' wish lists

    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...
  • Think Black Friday is best day to get a deal? Think again

     Think Black Friday is best day to get a deal? Think again
    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...
  • Retailers hustle to attract last-minute Christmas shoppers

    Retailers hustle to attract last-minute Christmas shoppers
    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...
  • MarksJarvis: Insecurity could haunt holiday spending

    MarksJarvis: Insecurity could haunt holiday spending
    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...
  • Retailers bulk up on safety measures for Black Friday

    Retailers bulk up on safety measures for Black Friday
    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...
  • Black Friday proper sees smaller crowds this year

    Black Friday proper sees smaller crowds this year
    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?...
  • Chicago shoppers get a head start on Black Friday

    Chicago shoppers get a head start on Black Friday
    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...