holiday shopping

An employee stocks shelves in the toy section of a Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Nov. 22, 2022. More than two and a half years into the pandemic, many businesses haven't been able to resume the same hours of operations or services as they continue to grapple with worker shortages. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Dec 28, 2022

Retail strong in holiday shopping season despite inflation

This holiday shopping season, retailers saw increased sales despite high inflation rates.

A shopper carries bags down Fifth Avenue on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File )
Dec 27, 2022

Holiday sales up 7.6% despite squeeze of inflation

Holiday sales rose this year as American spending remained resilient during the critical shopping season despite surging prices, according to one measure.

Travelers use their baggage for seats near the Southwest Airlines baggage carousels in Denver International Airport, on Dec. 26, 2021. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights Sunday, citing staffing problems tied to COVID-19 to extend the nation's travel problems beyond Christmas. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Dec 27, 2021

COVID-19 variant disrupts holiday travel but not shopping

The latest COVID-19 variant is upending holiday plans for tens of thousands of travelers — but it didn’t do much damage to holiday shopping.

Oct 25, 2021

As holidays near, Maryland small businesses fear supply chain disruptions

With the holidays approaching, small businesses in Maryland and nationwide are feeling the brunt of supply chain delays.

Dec 11, 2014

Holiday shopping boosts U.S. retail sales

U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season.

Nov 26, 2014

Barry Ritholtz: Ignore bogus holiday retail spin

Thursday was the time of year when Americans gathered with family and friends to give thanks. A bounteous feast is the time to express gratitude for our good fortune. We count our blessings, humbled by the fortuity of our circumstances, grateful for whatever it is we have.

Oct 23, 2014

Forecast for Amazon suggests not-so-jolly holiday

It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon. The world's largest retailer gave a disappointing forecast for the crucial holiday quarter. The company also reported a wider loss than analysts expected for the third quarter.

Oct 7, 2014

Holiday spending forecast: still looking for discounts

Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

Gift Card Rescue
Dec 26, 2013

Take this card and sell it!

Ellicott City-based took the plight of people stuck with gift cards they would never use and turned it into a multimillion-dollar business.

Dec 20, 2013

Stores open for 100 hours to attract shoppers

NEW YORK — Some stores are ending the holiday shopping season the same way they began it — with round-the-clock, marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s for the first time is opening for essentially five days, from 6 a.m. on Friday through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Macy’s and Kmart are opening some of their stores for […]

Oct 21, 2013

Thinner, lighter, newer: Apple set to introduce latest version of iPads

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is expected to round out its lineup of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads. The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple’s standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch screen. Hewing […]

Oct 3, 2013

Holiday shopping is expected to be up … unless

NEW YORK — Americans, who’re increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year. But that could change if the partial government shutdown that has forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job continues and causes shoppers to […]

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