Black Friday

The Beats Pill wireless, portable speaker. (AP Photo/Beats by Dr. Dre)

Headphones, speakers top gift lists

ATLANTA (AP) — Listen up, Santa. Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans. Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 […]

12/23/2013

Shoppers are reflected on the glass window of a PacSun store at Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Stores open for 100 hours to attract shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Some stores are ending the holiday shopping season the same way they began it — with round-the-clock, marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s for the first time is staying open for essentially five […]

12/20/2013

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How to protect your credit card after a security breach

A security breach at Target may have compromised some 40 million credit and debit card accounts, especially if you shopped at Target over the Black Friday weekend. But it could have affected you even if you […]

12/19/2013

Nov. 29, 2013: Shoppers rest on chairs in the Fashion Show mall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher, File)

Holiday shopping spree not for everyone

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans appear to be watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year. Money is still tight for some. Others are fed up with commercialism of the holidays. […]

12/12/2013

Protestors stream past the entrance to a Walmart store on Universty Avenue in St. Paul, Minn. on Black Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)

Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined

NEW YORK (AP) — Did stores shoot themselves in the foot? Target, Macy’s and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers […]

12/01/2013

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Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales

Thanksgiving Day is no longer all about turkey: It’s eating away at Black Friday shopping. U.S. shoppers spent $9.74 billion on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That’s a drop of 13.2 percent compared with […]

11/30/2013

This Nov. 18, 2013, photo,  shows Leigh's, an upscale independent clothing retail in Grand Rapids, Mich. Leigh's plans five parties including one Black Friday and another aimed at men shopping for wives and girlfriends. (AP Photo/Adam Bird)

Small retailers plan to party till they profit

NEW YORK (AP) — The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They’re part of a strategy to get shoppers into […]

11/20/2013

An outdoor sign for Walmart.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Wal-Mart steps up competition for holiday shopping

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it will start offering its holiday deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving at its stores — two hours earlier than last year. The world’s largest retailer will stagger holiday […]

11/12/2013

Shoppers stand in line outside a Best Buy department store before the store's opening at midnight, Nov. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

All day shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving?

NEW YORK (AP) — Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via’s mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall. Now, Via says she’ll never host Thanksgiving dinner for […]

11/12/2013

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Government data show record holiday hiring

CHICAGO (AP) – A leading job placement firm says retailers last month hired a record number of seasonal workers. Challenger, Gray and Christmas says its analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows […]

12/10/2012

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