| 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...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 2:50 PM
Thanksgiving Day, for decades a time devoted to family, feasting and relaxing before the hectic Christmas rush, is increasingly becoming a shopping run-up to retailers' all-important Black Friday.
Early Friday store openings have evolved into evening...
| 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 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 8, 2013
| 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON Employers shrugged off a partial government shutdown in October and added a robust 204,000 non-farm jobs, the government said Friday in a much-better-than-expected report that also saw the jobless rate tick up slightly, to 7.3 percent....
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:20 PM
WASHINGTON A much-better-than-expected jobs report Friday, combined with other strong economic indicators, raises the chances that the Federal Reserve may pull back on its stimulus for the economy sooner rather than later.
Mainstream economists had...
| 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 6, 2013
The economy is showing some signs of strength — not tremendous strength, mind you, but enough to prove there was adequate heft to weather the partial government shutdown and keep investors in a stock market that has climbed a remarkable 23.6 percent...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Halloween is a dangerous holiday, and I don't mean dangerous in a witchy-ghosty way. Halloween equals candy and that, in turn, means grown-up temptation, the siren song of Milky Ways and Tootsie Rolls, the crunchy call of Kit Kats and Krackel candy bars....
| Nov 2, 2013
| 2:06 PM
While the state of the economy remains debatable, shoppers will continue to be conservative with their Christmas budgets, retail analysts say. And that means more bargain hunting.
Here are some tips from deal-finding experts and local savvy shoppers...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:47 PM
Count on coal this Christmas.
That's what researchers at Morgan Stanley are saying in the first major forecast of a decidedly dour holiday season. Retailers hoping for a respite from a year of so-so shopping can instead expect the worst Thanksgiving-to-...
| 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...