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  • Halloween's fiendish fun translates into big bucks

    Halloween's fiendish fun translates into big bucks
    The National Retail Federation says Halloween will be an $8 billion industry this year, with seven in 10 Americans celebrating and spending an average of nearly $80 per person on costumes, candy and decorations. Don't believe it? Look no farther than...
  • Under Armour ranked as 5th fastest-growing retailer in U.S.

    Under Armour ranked as 5th fastest-growing retailer in U.S.
    In a race to beat other retailers in sales growth, Under Armourmay not have won gold,  but the athletic apparel brand secured fifth place - not bad out of a field of 100. The Baltimore company was the fifth fastest growing retailer in the U.S. last year,...
  • Scaring up interest, and business, for Halloween

    Scaring up interest, and business, for Halloween
    The National Retail Federation says Halloween will be an $8 billion industry this year, with seven in 10 Americans celebrating and spending an average of nearly $80 per person on costumes, candy and decorations. Shoppers were already on the prowl for...
  • A dreamy dorm room

    Gloomy economic news has cast a pall over the dorm room daydreams of college kids for several years now, but those who track retail sales figures think this might be a breakout season. More of America's children are going away to college this year than...
  • How much do your kids contribute to back-to-school expenses?

    How much do your kids contribute to back-to-school expenses?
    Now that August has arrived, I'm starting to get the kids ready for going back to school. I'm trying to get them to bed earlier. I'm nagging them to finish their summer reading assignments. And I have the 11-year-old practicing his multiplication and...
  • Retailers test new formats during holidays

    Retailers test new formats during holidays
    At GameStop Kids at White Marsh Mall, shoppers will find plush Mario book bags and Angry Birds hats mixed in with the Lego Star Wars and other kid-friendly video games, a mix meant to attract both serious "gamers" as well as those who've never played...
  • Retailers may charge fee to customers paying with credit cards

    Retailers may charge fee to customers paying with credit cards
    Customers at Towson Hot Bagels usually pay with credit, not cash, when buying a bagel or a bottle of water, triggering fees the merchant must pay to process each transaction. Now, the shop's owner and retailers across the country may recoup "swipe"...
  • Gift card sales booming during the holidays

    Gift card sales booming during the holidays
    Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts. The...
  • Retailers say they are bullish on in-store and online holiday sales

    Domingo Catalan powered through the Thanksgiving night crowds to get his children toys. He methodically checked all the boxes on his relatives' wish lists on Black Friday. And before he goes to work as a data analyst for a government contractor on Cyber...
  • Retailers see big boost from Valentine's Day candy sales

    Retailers see big boost from Valentine's Day candy sales
    Customers lined up outside Rheb's Candy early Monday, even before owner Wynn Harger opened the doors of the Southwest Baltimore shop his family has run for three generations. People, mostly men, crammed into the tiny, cottage-like store for much of the...
  • Black Friday brings out crowds, some slopping over from Thursday

    Black Friday brings out crowds, some slopping over from Thursday
    Diane Townes waited in line for 12 hours to get her door-buster deals — printers, a laptop and a 50-inch television — so imagine her chagrin when it looked like she wouldn't be able to squeeze it all into her car Friday morning. The Owings...
  • At Towson Town Center, off to the shopping races

    At Towson Town Center, off to the shopping races
    Black Friday got a jump start in some locations around Towson, including at some stores and outlets that opened Thanksgiving evening. But the biggest player in town, Towson Town Center, opted to wait for a slightly more traditional debut — at...