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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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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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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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Americans’ Spending Remains Cautious

Daily spending for U.S. consumers remained relatively flat in October at $89, compared with $87 in September and $88 in October 2013. In October 2008, daily spending reached $91, after ...
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Personal Income Rises Again in September

The U.S. Department of Commerce released the September numbers for personal income and outlays. Personal income has been growing, but spending fell slightly on volatile auto sales and lower gas ...
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Walmart to Start Holiday Shopping Deals on November 1

Not to be bested by smaller retailers, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) has decided to start the holiday shopping season on November 1, at least in so far as it ...
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UPS Expects Record Holiday Shipments

It is not particularly surprising that a major shipping company would disclose that the holiday season will be its busiest. FedEx already has. On the other hand, the fact that ...
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Online shopping

American Habit of Shopping Online Increases for Holidays

The move to do holiday shopping online has increased most years since the dawn of broadband. This year, it is the preferred means of buying goods and services for the ...
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Very Differing Views on 2014 Holiday Retail Sales Growth Expectations

We have seen swings in consumer sentiment and we have seen swings in economic reports while the rest of the world has been seeing a slowdown. Now the big question ...
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FedEx Predicts Record Holiday Season Shipments

Package delivery service FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) said on Wednesday that it expects global shipments to rise 8.8% during this year’s holiday season to a total of more than 290 ...
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holiday shopping

The Rich Plan to Spend More This Holiday Season

The top 10% of U.S. households measured by household income will spend about $21.6 billion on holiday gifts this year. That is more than 30% of the total of $77.5 ...
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Attention Shoppers: Black Friday Now Lasts a Month

As the calendar creeps closer to Halloween, more U.S. consumers begin online research on products they want to consider buying for the holidays. Retailers kicked off their holiday shopping season ...
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What Would a Move to Organic Milk Cost Starbucks (and Us)?

Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) may soon find itself in a media swarm at the same time that its shares have pulled back handily from recent highs. Howard Schultz and his ...
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Personal Income and Spending Gain for August

The U.S. Commerce Department has released its report on personal income and spending for the month of August. Personal income rose by 0.3% and consumer spending rose 0.5%. Both reports ...
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