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Sales at Shopping Centers Boomed in December

Sales at Shopping Centers Boomed in DecemberSean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Depending on which figures you go by, the recently-completed holiday shopping season was either pretty good or pretty bad.Right after Christmas Day, MasterCard Inc.’s SpendingPulse unit reported holiday sales...

No Happy Spending for Retailers This Season

No Happy Spending for Retailers This SeasonSean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Retailers didn’t have the holiday shopping season they had expected in 2012, according to MasterCard Inc.’s SpendingPulse unit, mostly due to fears of the fiscal cliff and devastation wrought by Hurrica...

Holiday Sales Expectations Lowered

Holiday Sales Expectations LoweredSean Gallup/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Unless everyone and their uncle suddenly rush out and spend on Monday like there's no tomorrow, holiday sales will be off considerably from what was predicted earlier in the season.Chicago-based retail technology co...

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Tips: What’s Open, What’s Available

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Tips: What’s Open, What’s AvailableJupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’ve waited until Monday -- Christmas Eve -- to do your Christmas shopping, all is not lost.  There are some stores that will be open well into the evening, and even others that will be open on Chri...

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Deals

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping DealsSean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, you may not find a mall parking spot this weekend, but you will find some great deals.Retailers are ready to slash prices, with across-the-board d...

Christmas Shopping: How to Get Free Last-Minute Shipping Deals

Christmas Shopping: How to Get Free Last-Minute Shipping DealsRyan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The cut-off for free shipping on most online sites was Tuesday, Dec. 18.  But there's still some ways you can finagle free rush shipping on last minute holiday gifts to make sure they arrive before Christmas Day....

New Citi Service Lets Cardholders Cash In on New Prices

New Citi Service Lets Cardholders Cash In on New Prices(Martin Poole/Photodisc/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Citi credit card users will now be able to avoid a shopper’s greatest fear: bad timing.“Price Rewind,” a new service by Citi, protects customers who buy an item just before its price dr...

Retailers Feeling Pressure for Longer Store Hours, as Macy’s Announces 48-Hour Openings

Retailers Feeling Pressure for Longer Store Hours, as Macy’s Announces 48-Hour OpeningsBloomberg News Photo by Diane Bondareff(NEW YORK) -- Macy's announced most of its stores will be open continuously in the 48 hours leading up to Christmas Eve, some 65 hours straight, putting pressure on other retailers to expand their own hours or pro...

Kids Will Do Almost Anything for Holiday Toys

Kids Will Do Almost Anything for Holiday ToysKraig Scarbinsky/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children are apparently willing to work hard and do almost anything -- including cleaning their rooms -- to get the toys they want for Christmas.According to Walmart’s Talking Holiday Toys S...

Holiday Gifts: Building Sets for Girls Take Off

Holiday Gifts: Building Sets for Girls Take OffiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the hot holiday trends for toys this year is construction sets for girls.Lego Friends, for example, is a line of pastel construction toys and it’s been a hit so far.“We were very skeptical to begin...

Feds Fighting to Keep Hazardous Toys Off Shelves for Holiday Season

Feds Fighting to Keep Hazardous Toys Off Shelves for Holiday SeasonPeter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Top federal officials are trying to block a flood of dangerous toys from overseas from hitting the U.S. store shelves this holiday season.Federal customs and consumer protection officials have inter...

Spending $64 on US Gifts This Holiday Creates 200K Jobs

Spending $64 on US Gifts This Holiday Creates 200K JobsJupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the 1960s, nine out of 10 holiday gifts that Americans bought were made in the U.S.  But these days, more than half of what Americans purchase for the holidays is made overseas.In fact, according to the U.S...

Retail Foot Traffic Rose 8.2% over Thanksgiving Weekend

Retail Foot Traffic Rose 8.2% over Thanksgiving WeekendSean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It will almost certainly take several weeks for the retail industry to know if they can celebrate a rise in holiday sales.  But ShopperTrak, a firm that analyzes customer traffic, is out with its estimates.The...

Cyber Monday Deals Likely to Lead to Busiest Online Shopping Day

Cyber Monday Deals Likely to Lead to Busiest Online Shopping DayRyan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, is increasingly becoming Cyber Week for many retailers as many Americans prefer to avoid crowds and compare prices online. Amazon.com, Target, Walmart were al...

The ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Will Cost You Over $107K

The ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Will Cost You Over $107KPRNewsFoto/PNC Wealth Management(NEW YORK) -- Buying all the gifts featured in the classic carol "Twelve Days of Christmas" will cost you 6.1 percent more this year, according to PNC Wealth Management's annual Christmas Price Index.The survey finds tha...

Cyber Monday: Five Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Cyber Monday: Five Tips for Safe Online Holiday ShoppingROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While you won't get toppled by someone racing you to get that doorbuster deal, Cyber Monday comes with its own host of dangers.Online Black Friday shopping was already up 26 percent from last year, according to ...

Retailers Enjoy Strong Start to Holiday Shopping Season

Retailers Enjoy Strong Start to Holiday Shopping SeasonSean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Holiday sales got off to a strong start for retailers over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, with an estimated $59.1 billion in sales -- up almost $7 billion from last year -- according to a survey by the National...

Forget the Kiddie Tablets, Kids Want iPads for Christmas

Forget the Kiddie Tablets, Kids Want iPads for ChristmasTooga/The Image Bank(NEW YORK) -- They don’t want a Leapfrog LeapPad 2, Nabi 7 or any other of the new tablets for kids. Nope, the kids want iPads.According to a Nielsen survey, kids are asking for Apple devices more than any other tech item this...

The Top Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals

The Top Black Friday and Thanksgiving DealsTom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Black Friday deals are available to shoppers even earlier this year, and although there will be a large inventory of discounted merchandise, this week is not the best time of the year for the steepest discounts....

Cyber Monday Deals You Can Get Right Now

Cyber Monday Deals You Can Get Right NowROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s not yet Black Friday but some stores are already offering Cyber Monday deals.Cyber Monday is typically the first Monday after Thanksgiving, and it’s become well-known for the deep discounts offe...
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