National Retail Federation

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

After Christmas begins before the holiday

It’s beginning to look a lot like … the day after Christmas? On the day before Christmas, retailers turned shoppers’ attention to the day after the holiday. Amazon.com already is offering “after Christmas” deals of […]

12/24/2013

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

Jimmetta Smith, of Lithonia, Ga., right, the wife of a U.S. Marine veteran, holds her resume while talking with Rhonda Knight, a senior recruiter for Delta airlines, at a job fair for veterans and family members at the VFW Post 2681, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

US unemployment falls to 7 pct. on 203K jobs added

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have […]

12/06/2013

In this July 16, 2013, file photo, a covered vehicle sits in part of the new paint shop at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US economy grows at 3.6 percent rate in 3rd qtr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a […]

12/05/2013

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

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

This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website page featuring information about the SHOP Marketplace is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Health law business insurance site delayed 1 year

CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses. […]

11/27/2013

Workers at the Target Technology Innovation Center office in San Francisco. Target Corp. is among a growing number of old-line retailers opening  technology hubs in recent months in high-tech colonies, particularly in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Shopping-Tech Mash-Up: Retailers take on Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the […]

11/15/2013

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

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Wal-Mart kicks off holiday shopping season online

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping. The world’s largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that […]

11/01/2013

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

Plus-size model Jennie Runk, who is a size 12 or 14, in a swimsuit ad from 2012.  (AP Photo/H&M)

The funny math of clothing sizes

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to women’s clothing sizes, there’s some funny math going on. The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women’s plus-size clothing, generally defined […]

10/21/2013

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