Christmas and holiday season

A customer signs his credit card receipt at a Target store. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

Target reveals gift card snafu

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer said Tuesday that an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were […]

12/31/2013

An Amazon.com employee walks down one of the miles of isles at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Online shopping grows, with some growing pains

Americans waited until the last minute to buy holiday gifts, but retailers weren’t prepared for the spike. Heavy spending in the final days of the mostly lackluster season sent sales up 3.5 percent between Nov. […]

12/26/2013

Lufthansa walkout hits flights at Paris airport

PARIS (AP) — Lufthansa workers angry over staffing shortages abruptly walked off the job at the main Paris airport Thursday, prompting flight cancellations and bringing a new headache to holiday travel. The walkout stranded hundreds […]

12/26/2013

Best Buy employee Christopher Gervais, right, rings up a 32-inch LED TV. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

Holiday sales down for 3rd week

NEW YORK (AP) — After a strong start to the holiday shopping season, sales at stores have fallen for the third consecutive week as Americans continue to hold back on spending during what is traditionally […]

12/23/2013

Holiday shoppers head online in droves to pick up Cyber Monday deals

Online shopping popular, but won’t save season

ATLANTA (AP) – More Americans are deciding to shop online this holiday season instead of heading to crowded stores. But that alone won’t save what is turning out to be a ho-hum Christmas for department […]

12/21/2013

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DUI task force starts today, continues through New Year’s Day

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies will be out in force today through New Year’s Day to crack down on motorists who drive while impaired. The “Avoid the 100 DUI Task […]

12/13/2013

Crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store in New York.  (AP File Photo/John Minchillo)

US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy during the holiday shopping season. The Commerce Department said […]

12/12/2013

Jobs

US–Job Market-Winners and Losers

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the U.S. job market improves, it’s also evolving, with winners and losers. Warehouses and trucking companies are doing more holiday hiring than the stores they’re working for. Factory workers are getting […]

12/08/2013

An Amazon.com employee walks down one of the miles of isles at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Americans turn to mobile devices for Cyber Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — Power up and shop. Millions of Americans logged on to e-commerce sites Monday to take advantage of deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing […]

12/02/2013

Americans click for deals on Cyber Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the […]

12/02/2013

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