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Discounts Lured Shoppers This Holiday Season, But Crimped Retailers' Profits

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — The 2011 holiday shopping season will go down in the record books as the year the Grinch stole stores' profits. Many retailers sacri...

13 Show-Stoppers On Sale (And Show Us What You've Snagged On Sale!)

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

This time of year, the sales are out of control. Not only is everything marked down, but many sites are offering free shipping, making it all the ...

Major Retailer To Close Underperforming Stores

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

CINCINNATI -- Macy's Inc. says it will close five Macy's and four Bloomingdale's stores that are underperforming. Clearance sales will begin at the s...

What Sears Could Learn From This Business Owner

Gene Marks | Posted 03.05.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Sears has failed to get my attention. Jake's, a store 1/1000th of their size, has done a better job. And the biggest reason: service. This is how small brick-and-mortar retailers can succeed in an online world.

Sears Lists 79 Of Its Planned Store Closures

Reuters | Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

Sears Holdings Corp on Thursday identified 79 of the 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores it said earlier this week it would close, with the list split a...

Bargain Hunters Divided Holiday Shopping Season Into Two

AP | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 12.29.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge. Together, they added up to dece...

S&P Puts Sears On Review For Downgrade After Retailer Announces Major Store Closures

Posted 12.29.2011 | Business

Standard & Poor's placed Sears Holdings Corp's credit rating on review for a possible downgrade on Wednesday, saying the retailer's plan to close ...

Procrastinating Shoppers Gave Retailers A Boost In Lead Up To Christmas

AP | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- A mall trade group says that last minute shoppers gave merchants a solid lift during the final week before Christmas. Sales at stores ope...

Greek Retailers See Worst Holiday Season In Decades

Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's stores had their worst Christmas in decades, with retail sales dropping by 30 percent compared with the same period la...

'The Returner' And Other Types Of Shoppers That Emerged This Holiday Season

AP | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business

-- Four types of American shoppers have altered the shopping landscape this holiday season. There's the bargain hunter who times deals. The midnight...

Retailers Hoping For 'Mega Monday' Of Huge Sales

Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

Retailers were bracing for a busy day on Monday, as a day off for many Americans and warm, dry weather were expected to entice shoppers looking f...

Hordes Of Post-Christmas Shoppers Expected

The Los Angeles Times | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

Retail experts predict that the day after Christmas — a holiday this year for many American workers — will be the country's third-busiest shopping...

The Calendar May Help Boost Sales This Holiday Season

Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Retailers saw a steady flow of last-minute shoppers on Saturday, the day before Christmas, putting a moderate cap o...

The Worst Holidays Since The Great Depression

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter and Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 12.29.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Retail sales this holiday season are expected to rise 3.8 percent to a record of $469.1 billion, according to the National Retail ...

Janell Ross

Holiday Sales Up, But So Are Customer Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

At the start of the holiday shopping season, retailers breathed a collective sigh of relief. Unemployment has remained stubbornly high and consume...

Dave Jamieson

The New Blue Collar: Temporary Work, Lasting Poverty And The American Warehouse

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

JOLIET, Ill., and FONTANA, Calif. -- Like nearly everyone else in Joliet without good job prospects, Uylonda Dickerson eventually found herself at the...

Consumers Stretching Every Dollar This Holiday Season

Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

For many kids this holiday season, the gifts under the tree may look similar to those their parents got when they themselves awoke on Christmas mornin...

Holiday Shopping Boosted Retail Sales Last Month In Sixth Straight Rise

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 02.12.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The start of the crucial holiday shopping season in November helped fuel the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-...

PHOTOS Gucci, Manolo and More On Sale!

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

It's the holidays, so everyone is shopping. It's taking all my willpower (what little I have) to not just buy things for myself--yeah, I know, I'm...

Poor Looking For Bargains, Rich Opting For Luxury As Christmas Nears

Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

Adriana Garcia won't be buying her family Christmas gifts this year. The 26-year-old from Huntington Park, California lost her job as a teacher...

Americans On Track To Spend Most On Christmas Trees Since Before Recession

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

The sagging economy may have Americans worried, but many aren't letting that stop them from getting a Christmas tree any longer. Analysts say that...

Many Consumers Say They're Already Done With Holiday Shopping

Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

More than a third of U.S. shoppers are already done with most of their holiday shopping, a survey showed on Monday, signaling that retailers need ...

Is Poor Customer Service Driving Cyber Activity?

Grant Cardone | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business
Grant Cardone

At a time when the economy is so fragile, you would think that store employees would greet consumers with enthusiasm.

Cash-Strapped Americans Largely Swallow Price Hikes During Holidays

AP | By CHRISTINA REXRODE | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The way Americans are chomping Big Macs, lacing up pricey sneakers and gulping peppermint mochas in this economy, you'd think they're taki...

Black Friday Draws Crowds, But Spending In Doubt

Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

JESSICA WOHL, (Reuters) - Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unoffici...