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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.

Dec 22, 2022

Holiday procrastinators are back in force

Last minute holiday shoppers are back in force — and inflation is partly to blame.

Stephanie Sala, owner of Five Little Monkeys, puts a item back onto the shelf while interviewed at her store in Berkeley, California, on Dec. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Dec 16, 2022

Inflation dampens otherwise bright small biz holiday season

Small retailers say this year is still far from “normal” because decades-high inflation is forcing them to raise prices and making shoppers rein in spending.

Shoppers carry bags down Fifth Avenue on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File)
Dec 15, 2022

Retail sales drop at start of key holiday shopping season

Americans cut back sharply on retail spending last month as the holiday shopping season began.

In this Dec. 12, 2016, photo, a person searches the internet for sales, in Miami. Days after flocking to stores on Black Friday, consumers are turning online for Cyber Monday to score more discounts on gifts and other items that have ballooned in price because of high inflation. Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions for top online retailers, forecasts Cyber Monday will remain the year’s biggest online shopping day and rake in up to $11.6 billion in sales. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Nov 28, 2022

Cyber Monday deals lure in consumers amid high inflation

Consumers are turning online for Cyber Monday to score more discounts on items that have ballooned in price because of high inflation.

Shoppers looking for bargains enter an OshKosh children clothing store on Nov. 21, 2022, in Miami. Bargain hunting is back with full force heading into the holidays. But inflation is limiting how much of a deal consumers will be getting. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Nov 23, 2022

Holiday shoppers hunt for deals, but inflation makes bargains elusive

Consumers holding out for big deals may be disappointed as they head into the busiest shopping season of the year.

May 18, 2022

Consumers shift again, flummoxing big retailers like Target

The pandemic vastly changed the way Americans spend money, and now as they return to pre-pandemic behavior, they’re tripping up retailers again.

Gift cards for food and beverage businesses sit on display for sale at a retail store in Dallas on Nov. 16, 2021. The holidays have always been defined by disappointing out-of-stock messages on the most popular items. Many shoppers will turn more to gift cards if they don't like what they see. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Dec 2, 2021

Holiday shoppers navigate shortages with mixed results

The pandemic-induced supply chain snarls have created unprecedented shortages across all types of products this holiday season.

Nov 22, 2021

Target to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving for good

Target will not open its stores on Thanksgiving, making permanent a shift to the unofficial start of the holiday season that was suspended in the pandemic.

Sep 2, 2021

Labor Day bargains: What you need to know

This Labor Day, some Americans will have extra cash on hand for holiday weekend shopping. Here’s what you need to know about the sales.

Jun 15, 2021

Retail sales fell 1.3% in May, as chip shortage dings auto industry

Retail sales fell in May, dragged down by a decline in auto sales and a shift by Americans to spend more on vacations and other services instead of goods.

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