Christmas and holiday season

Thanksgiving 2013: Too little holiday and too much shopping?

Thanksgiving 2013: Too little holiday and too much shopping?

Americans gathered on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving by stuffing turkeys and braving cold winds along parade routes, while others started the holiday shopping earlier than ever in a trend that some argued went against the spirit of the holiday. With retailers offering “Black Friday” deals before Thanksgiving tables were even set on Thursday, critics circulated […]

Shoppers spending disappoints retailers during holiday

Shoppers spending disappoints retailers during holiday

U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors […]

The Christmas the shoppers came back

The Christmas the shoppers came back

Shoppers came back in force for the holidays, right to the end. After two dreary years, Christmas 2010 will go down as the holiday Americans rediscovered how much they like to shop. People spent more than expected on family and friends and splurged on themselves, too, an ingredient missing for two years. Clothing such as […]

‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

After weeks of “Black Friday” sales pitches, the real thing is finally here. Retailers are ushering in the traditional kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season on Friday with expanded hours, deep discounts and online deals. Bargain-hungry shoppers are giving them a strong early turnout. The crescendo follows a weeks-long push to get shoppers to […]