| Nov 9, 2013
| 11:37 AM
As it typical at this time of year, economists have been keeping a keen eye on retail sales across the nation and making forecasts about just how well they believe retailers will fare during the final weeks of 2013. Jitters abound because the calendar...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:48 PM
The annual retail arms race is invading Thanksgiving with a vengeance. Instead of a Norman Rockwell tableau of family gathered round the turkey, a more fitting image this year might be Americans rushing out to bag bargains.
On Monday, Wal-Mart, Target...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 12:49 PM
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days of the years at malls and other shopping centers around the country, as the prospect of bargain bin televisions and dirt cheap clothing draws hordes of deal-hunters to shake off their...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 3:47 PM
It's Christmastime! Can't you hear the music?
As I wander through retail stores for my various shopping needs, I notice that the standard rotation of acceptable pop music jams has been updated to include holiday music. And not just any holiday. It's...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Two new pricey videogame consoles from Sony and Microsoft are hitting retail shelves during the busy holiday shopping season -- normally the perfect time of year, given that the games biz typically generates much of its sales during the period.
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:30 AM
As you're double-checking your holiday shopping list, tack on a reminder to read each store's return policy before making your purchase. Some retailers are feeling a little less generous when it comes to returns. Such stingier policies are intended to...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Mom is back! After a significant drop-off during the Great Recessepression, Mother Day's spending is set to jump by 11 percent this year, according to the latest survey by the National Retail Federation, which averages out this year's spending to $168....
| Dec 9, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Question: At the L.A. Times Travel show in February, I won a round-trip ticket on EVA Air for travel to Taiwan. I lost the award letter, and EVA tells me it can't be replaced. I'd like to use it. Can anyone help?
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Retailers slammed with preparations for the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping bonanza last month added 471,000 workers to payrolls -- a number that fell 4.7% short of the record 494,400 seasonal employees brought on board during November 2012.
| Oct 16, 2013
| 8:16 AM
The gift-giving season may be muted this year, as Americans, spooked by the government stalemate and ongoing economic weakness, plan to spend less on presents and other holiday preparations, according to the National Retail Federation.
More than 6,000...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Teen apparel brands have been losing their shirts, and it's not a fashion choice.
Against a backdrop of prolonged consumer stinginess, reinforced Friday by reports of a scant monthly increase in August retail sales, an anemic back-to-school...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 7:37 PM
Coming off of a weak back-to-school shopping period, a research firm expects holiday sales growth will be slower this year during the crucial holiday season. Shoppers are also expected to visit fewer stores as they research purchases online.