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Sales at Shopping Centers Boomed in December

Sales at Shopping Centers Boomed in December

Sean 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 Season

Sean 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 Lowered

Sean 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 Available

Jupiterimages/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…

Retail Foot Traffic Rose 8.2% over Thanksgiving Weekend

Retail Foot Traffic Rose 8.2% over Thanksgiving Weekend

Sean 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: Five Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Cyber Monday: Five Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

ROBYN 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 Season

Sean 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…

The Top Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals

The Top Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals

Tom 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 Now

ROBYN 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…

Four Tips to Save Money on Black Friday

Four Tips to Save Money on Black Friday

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With three daughters — ages 4, 2 and 10 weeks — Sarah Perillo, a blogger at CTWorkingMoms.com, and her husband Chris have their hands full and not a lot of time for holiday shopping.So Joanna Stern, the tec…

Strategize to Take Advantage of Staggered Black Friday Deals

Strategize to Take Advantage of Staggered Black Friday Deals

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite all the hype and hustle, Black Friday really is the best bargain shopping day of the year, according to Edgar Dworsky, founder of ConsumerWorld.org, and an avid bargain hunter himself. Retailers have lon…

The Ten Best Days to Shop this Holiday Season

The Ten Best Days to Shop this Holiday Season

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If you want to avoid the rush and all the crowds that come with holiday shopping, ShopperTrak, a firm that analyzes foot traffic, has released a list of the “ten lightest shopping days.”The best days to…

Tepid Holiday Shopping Season Predicted

Tepid Holiday Shopping Season Predicted

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Americans are expected to spend more than last year, but don’t look for a shop ’til you drop holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation’s forecast calls for a modest rise of just over…

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