Christmas and holiday season

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

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

A United Parcel Service driver unloads packages from a truck and arranges them for delivery. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

UPS sees busier, intense holiday shopping season

  ATLANTA (AP) — UPS expects this holiday season to be busier than last, thanks to the growing popularity of online shopping. And more intense, thanks to the calendar. The world’s biggest package delivery company […]

10/25/2013

JC Penney in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

J.C. Penney to open on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is opening its doors on Thanksgiving evening to kick off the holiday shopping season, as the beleaguered retailer hopes to get back in the game for the crucial selling […]

10/18/2013

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Holiday shopping is expected to be up … unless

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans, who’re increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year. But that could […]

10/03/2013

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores to expand jobs for 70K workers

  NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and is elevating 70,000 more to part- or full-time positions as the holiday season ramps up. The world’s largest retailer said Monday that […]

09/23/2013

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Target to hire fewer seasonal holiday workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Target plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The discounter is aiming to be more efficient in its […]

09/20/2013

Big Hugs Elmo made the Toys R Us’ list of the best holiday toys for 2013. (AP Photo/Toys R Us)

Hugging Elmo, bracelet loom on Toys R Us hot list

Will your kids be clamoring for an Elmo that gives hugs, a loom that lets you make rubber bracelets or a kid-size go-cart this holiday? Those and others have made Toys R Us’ annual list […]

09/18/2013

Butterball'’s Turkey Talk Line. (AP Photo/Butterball)

Turkey Talk Line to have 1st male spokesman

NEW YORK (AP) — This year if you call Butterball’s Turkey Talk Line for some cooking advice, you might get a male voice on the line. For the first time, Butterball is enlisting the help […]

09/16/2013

After Christmas sale sign

Stores look to week after Christmas for sales

(AP) – Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season as U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession.

12/26/2012

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