Report Says Gift Cards Will Be in More Stockings This Year


Consumers who can’t make up their minds about what to get are looking at gift cards as the solution. Yet even those who choose them are conflicted.

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As Expected, Black Friday Sales Surged As Shoppers Returned to Malls


In another hopeful sign that the economy is recovering, the NRF says record numbers of shoppers hit the stores this past weekend.

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Indicators Show Early Christmas Buying Traffic To Increase


In yet another indication that consumers are more confident, a survey finds buying will be up sharply over this time last year.

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Anticipating Heavy Shopping, UPS to Hire 50K Temp Workers


As Christmas shopping moves into high gear, the shipping giant braces for the onslaught by hiring temporary workers.

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Debit Cards Expected to Surpass Credit Cards This Season


With consumers still wary of taking on more debt, new findings say debit cards (or cash) will be the currency of choice this Christmas.

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Report: Holiday Online Sales Set To Rise Sharply


Those consumers that don’t like crowds will be going online in droves this year. Now is the time to double-check that you’re prepared for them.

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IBISWorld Sees Merry Christmas Sales Looming


Market researcher says signs are everywhere that consumers are once again ready to spend. Are you prepared for them?

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‘Small Business Saturday’ Scheduled for Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC


In a joint effort by NYC and Amex, consumers will be urged to shop close to home two days after Thanksgiving

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Many Unhappy Returns? Fraud Set To Cost Retailers Billions This Season


A new report from the NRF says retailers will lose even more to return fraud this year than last. Are you prepared to protect yourself?

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Recent Sales Up, Beat Analysts’ Expectations


Retail sales have again beat what analysts predicted, giving rise to hope that Christmas will help pull businesses out of the doldrums

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