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Stores Stay Open Longer for Last-Minute Shoppers

It is either a sign that sales have been poor and retailers are going all-out to pick up more revenue any way they can, or it is a sign that ...
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More Than a Third of Americans Will Be Shopping This Saturday

Retailers don’t call the last Saturday before Christmas “super” for no reason. More than a third (36%) of shoppers polled in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) stores last Saturday plan ...
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Will Winter Hurt GDP Recovery?

On occasion, some set of experts will revise U.S. GDP forecasts downward. While American consumer spending remains strong, weak economies overseas may lose some of their need for U.S. exports. ...
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U.S. Standard of Living Improved in 2014

While many Americans believe that unemployment and gridlock in Washington have gone a long way to ruin this year, much of the population does not see it that way. Based ...
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Low Customer Satisfaction Hampering Holiday Spending?

For three consecutive quarters, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has been declining, and the recent 0.7% drop in the third could indicate weak spending growth for the important fourth ...
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Online shopping

Cyber Monday Closes Out 5-Day Online Shopping Spree

For the five-day “Cyber Week” from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, total online sales increased 12.6%, with mobile sales up 27.2% compared to the same period in 2013. Total online ...
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Holiday Retail Sales in Trouble Over Black Friday Weekend

The National Retail Federation (NRF), an association that represents the nation's largest retailers, reported that the Black Friday weekend was a disaster. The information bodes poorly for the balance of ...
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Apple, New York City Dominate Black Friday Sales

Online traffic and sales posted new milestones over the past two days, with mobile traffic accounting for 52.1% of all online traffic on Thanksgiving Day and 49.6% of all traffic ...
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America’s Most Popular Stores

It’s a marketing adage that keeping an existing customer is both cheaper and easier than wooing a new one. It takes time and money to become one of America’s most ...
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Thanksgiving Online Sales Tally: Up 14%

Total online traffic on Thanksgiving Day rose 14.3% this year compared with 2013, but the average order value was about 2% less. Mobile traffic accounted for over half (52.1%) of ...
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Online shopping

Online Sales Rise 12% on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day online shopping posted some good news and some not-so-good news. As of 6:00 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day, online sales are up 12.2% compared with the same period ...
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Shoppers Revving Up for Thanksgiving Weekend Rush

Regardless of the early sales and other promotions to get them into the stores earlier this year, more than 80% of U.S. consumers have most of their holiday shopping still ...
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consumer electronics

Best Buy Earnings Preview: How Sales Will Stack Up This Holiday Season

With the holiday season just around the corner, major retailers are preparing for the coming onslaught of holiday shopping. Consumer electronics are generally popular gifts for the season, anything from ...
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Online shopping

Big E-Commerce Spending Gains Forecast for the Holidays

comScore has released its official spending forecast for the November-December 2014 holiday season, along with desktop retail e-commerce spending for the third quarter. The forecast came in at $61 billion for ...
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Customers’ ‘Burning Desire for Discounts’ the Key to Holiday Retail Success

Estimates of retail sales for the 2014 holiday season have been cautiously optimistic. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has boosted its forecast for holiday season sales growth to 4.1%, substantially ...
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