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Black Friday weekend sales may have been down a disappointing 2.9 percent this year, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation — but Black Friday shopping fights were booming, at least on social media.
U.S. stocks declined on Monday, with the Dow and S&P 500 retreating after an eight-week winning stretch, as investors took a cautious stance ahead of Friday's jobs report while considering a mixed start to the holiday shopping season.
Apple could be Christmas shopping's big winner, with consumer surveys and an analysis of tweets showing massive interest in iPads and iPhones.
I’ve written four posts on health insurance recently, and there are more to come. I have been trying to get a sense of what I am buying, of how many options I have to consider, of how much it will cost and of how I can explain my choices to my workers. This has been extraordinarily complex.
Could there be a happy ending, or more appropriately, a happy new beginning, for Saab?After a shutdown of more than 2 ½ years that saw the Swedish car maker go bankrupt, new owners have fired up the assembly line and rolled out a new Saab 9-3 Aero.
With the holidays approaching, sellers often wonder if they should keep their properties on the market or take them off. Or if they haven’t listed their homes yet, should they wait until after the first of the year? Maybe hold off until spring?
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos called it an Octocopter, but it was also a great way to deliver publicity.On CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, Bezos said the ecommerce site is testing a program where drones will deliver packages weighing up to five pounds in 30 minutes.
The idea of a floating island for the rich seems to bubble up every year or so.There was the project called the "WHY 58X38," a 10,000-square-foot motorized island announced in 2010 that could rove around the world with its own beach and pool.
College savings plans are better deals than they were a few years ago, but there are still a few clunkers out there. If you're invested in one, now may be the time to think about making a change. Each fall, investment research firm Morningstar singles out the nation's best 529 college savings plans.
Nearly a half century since seatbelts were first made mandatory in U.S. cars, experts credit those and other safety devices with slashing the annual death toll on American roadways.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to tackle the long-standing question of whether Internet retailers like Amazon.com should be required to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence. In a case brought by Amazon and Overstock.
BAKERSVILLE, N.C. _ Jeff Pollard trudged up the steep slope and stopped at a desiccated, rust-brown tree. Two months earlier, workers had tagged this Fraser fir as ready for market. It was going to be someone's Christmas tree. And now it was dead.
The creations are tiny — images painted on 3-by-5-inch discarded library catalog cards. But they’re a big hit on Vickie Moore’s Etsy shop, WingedWorld, allowing the 41-year-old mother of two to supplement her part-time job as a newspaper reporter.
Consumers are expected to take to the web to get the best deals delivered in time for Christmas on Monday in what is expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year, but it may not be all good news for retailers.
Holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day this year turned out to be just about as popular as turkey and mashed potatoes.Eager to snag deals, about 45 million shoppers (31.8 percent) shopped on turkey day — an increase of 27 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.
'Tis the season to be jolly. Unfortunately, 'tis also the season for charity scams.Consumers often become more generously minded in December, thanks partly to the many appeals they see and hear in malls and on the streets.
Several protesters, including one dressed as Santa Claus, were arrested in demonstrations at Wal-Mart stores across the nation on Black Friday as some workers and supporters tried to draw attention to what they say is pay that's too low to live on at the world's largest retailer.
U.S. stocks on Friday tallied a third month of gains, as retailers including eBay and Best Buy rose on hopes for a robust holiday shopping weekend."What little numbers out there from shopping are positive," said Chip Cobb, portfolio manager at BMT Asset Management.
A surge in Chinese demand underlies bitcoin's astronomical rise over the past few months—the alternative digital currency topped $1,200 early Friday—underscoring the nation's interest in digital currencies as alternative investments.