| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:20 PM
U.S. retailers are discounting earlier than ever as they brace for the weakest holiday shopping season since 2009.
Wal-Mart Stores is dangling a 32-inch flat-screen TV for $98, down from $148 last year. Sears has waived layaway fees and its Kmart...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:01 AM
(Repeats Tuesday story to reach additional subscribers)
By Lisa Baertlein and Phil Wahba
Nov 19 (Reuters) - Shoppers like stay-at-home mom Susan
Sterling are American retailers' worst nightmare this holiday
The 52-year-old from Mountain Home,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:53 PM
Dennis Donati is a fan of Black Friday shopping, braving the crowds every year with his wife to get a start on his holiday buying.
But this year, at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, he got something of a reprieve.
"You know what? It doesn't seem...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 3:34 PM
Just after sunrise on Black Friday, Brian Miller pushed a grocery cart stacked high with new purchases to his pickup truck — but these weren't items for under the Christmas tree.
He spent $650 getting ready for a home renovation by stocking up at...
| 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 28, 2013
| 7:57 PM
As his family prepared to gather at grandma's house, Cameron Ligocki arrived at a Best Buy in Downers Grove at noon on Thanksgiving Day — six hours before it opened — to buy a 39-inch TV for $169.
His family "got a little mad" about him...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:52 PM
WILLIAMSBURG — As shoppers have flocked to stores on Black Friday over the last few years, they've created a big target for those who are at the stores and shopping malls for less honest purposes.
Which means shoppers need to be particularly...
| 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 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 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 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 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...