| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:16 PM
WASHINGTON — Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers suffered a legal setback on Cyber Monday as the Supreme Court turned away their challenge to a New York law that requires Internet companies to collect sales taxes.
Delivered on one of the...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Last year, we got a great tip from Joann Dove in Salisbury Township about how to turn tomato plant cages into outdoor Christmas trees. The holidays will never be the same.
It was a long time ago, but that column prompted a great response from Cathy...
| 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 30, 2013
| 7:10 PM
U.S. retailers eked out a 2.3% sales gain on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, in line with a prediction for the weakest holiday results since 2009.
Sales at bricks-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday increased to $12.3 billion, according to...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Last week Cathy Woolley in Allentown showed us how to use tomato plant cages to make ghosts to decorate your lawn for Halloween.
But what if you don't have a garden or you don't have any tomato plant cages? You're probably feeling like you've been...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:39 PM
Machinery was purring gently. Boxes of Samsung televisions were stacked like blocks atop pallets on a glossy concrete floor. A shift supervisor waved jauntily as he zipped by on a red motorized chariot.
At 10 a.m. at the Target.com fulfillment center in...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Like the Cold War arms race, retailers' assault on Thanksgiving appears to have reached the point of unremitting insanity. Next week Target, Kohl's, K-Mart, Sears and many other retailers will be opening their stores for some Thanksgiving hours starting...
| 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-...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but as usual I've managed to irk Mrs. Funny Money. And, since I'm a practical guy, I blame my boy, Funny Money Jr. or, as I call him, Li'l Money ('cuz that's all he leaves us).
The boy's role is that last...