| Oct 25, 2013
| 9:08 AM
UPS expects to move more than 34 million shipments on its peak shipping day this year -- up about 21% from the same period last year.
To handle the increased workload, United Parcel Service announced it will hire 55,000 seasonal workers this holiday...
| 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...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Americans are expected to spend slightly less on Halloween this year.
A National Retail Federation survey found people plan to spend $6.9 billion dollars on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards.
That's down 14% from last year but up from 2011....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:41 PM
The National Retail Federation, a trade association of retailers, released its predictions for the holiday season on Wednesday.
According to the federation's survey, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards 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...
| 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...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Add another potential casualty of Washington's gridlock: the holiday shopping season.
The congressional stalemate that brought about a partial government shutdown has rattled Americans already spooked by years of economic weakness. And the uncertainty...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
Under the law, employers with more than...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:16 PM
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring.
But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:26 PM
The National Retail Federation released its holiday predictions Thursday morning, noting that holiday sales will be significantly impacted by the actions of the federal government in the next 45 days.
“Our forecast is also somewhat hinging on...
| 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...