Douglas Quinby was shocked at the price. Traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans in two weeks for work, the travel industry analyst found an airline ticket for $130 a week ago and grabbed it.
It may not be over yet, but retailers are breathing a sigh of relief and celebrating a successful holiday season, thanks to a last-minute surge in sales.
Even though shoppers showed up in droves and spent a record amount of money over Black Friday weekend, it's still too early to tell whether that holiday sales momentum will continue through Christmas.
The holiday shopping season reportedly got off to a strong start this past weekend. But don't expect to find a thriving U.S. economy under the Christmas tree this year.
Preliminary reports for Black Friday indicate that retailers may have seen their strongest sales ever during the all-important kick-off to the holiday shopping season.
Consult this handy calendar of what gifts to purchase, when -- courtesy of consumer-retail experts.
Not to be outdone by Target or Sears, Best Buy said it will open its doors nationwide at midnight Thanksgiving to get a jump start on Black Friday electronics' sales.
Macy's will get a jumpstart on the Black Friday madness, opening its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving for the first time this year.
It may not be in line with the spirit of Christmas, but consumers say they plan to spend less on gifts for others and more on themselves while doing their holiday shopping this year.
A full month of deals, capped off by extra-deep Black Friday discounts, gave a boost to retailers' store sales in November in a solid kickoff to the holiday season.
A personal finance expert shares tips on how to give and not break the bank this holiday season.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Cyber Monday.
Americans spent more than $1 billion on Cyber Monday, making it the biggest online shopping day in history, digital marketplace research firm comScore said Wednesday.
Online sales on Cyber Monday surged nearly 20% from last year, according to findings from an analytics group released Tuesday.
Like a football coach preparing for a rival, Nicki Shoulders has been seriously game-planning for Black Friday -- right down to the play sheet.
Customers await for a Sears store in Burbank, California, to open for some holiday shopping.
Online shoppers turned out in force on Cyber Monday -- the day after a strong holiday shopping weekend -- with a retail group predicting a 10% increase over last year.
After tumbling early Monday morning, stocks bounced back to end the session still down, but much closer to breakeven.
Squeezing in some holiday shopping at your desk today? You are not alone.
Online sales increased on "Black Friday" this year, but not nearly as much as they did on Thanksgiving.
Five years ago, Shop.org published a press release:
Preliminary reports of sales on Black Friday weekend are coming in.
Main street business owners didn't expect a stampede of bargain hunters on Black Friday, and they didn't get it. But some shopkeepers in Red Bank, N.J. are hoping this holiday shopping season will be better than last year's.
Online sellers kick off the coming week with one of their biggest sales days of the year - Cyber Monday.
Doorbuster sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving are as traditional as turkey on the holiday itself, but you can get more than a killer deal on appliances during the shopping frenzy.
Today is Black Friday -- the longstanding cornerstone of the holiday season -- and many retailers are seeing the need to unveil even more incredible offers than ever to battle the growing suggestion of Black Friday fatigue.
Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch describes the crowds and hot items at the toys-only retailer that opened Thanksgiving night.
'Tis the season of extreme bargain hunting, so retailers better give Black Friday shopping fanatics exactly what they're expecting this year: the deals of a lifetime.
Kenji Onozawa went to Best Buy at 4 a.m. on Black Friday last year searching for discounts on a Blu-ray player and a netbook.
For serious shoppers, the Friday after Thanksgiving is game day: Kickoff is early (sometimes at midnight), and those on the front line can score the best deals. For retailers, it signals the start of the holiday shopping season.
Black Friday bargains are expected to attract 138 million shoppers to stores this year, up 3% from last year, an industry report said Thursday.
After two-years of belt tightening, consumers are feeling the urge to splurge on this year's hottest holiday deals. Retailers eager to lure shoppers in are slashing prices -- even before Black Friday.
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Did Cyber Monday outshine Black Friday this year?
Not satisfied with your holiday weekend shopping? Don't worry, it's Cyber Monday.
The good news for merchants is that more Americans this year turned out to bag Thanksgiving weekend deals than last year. The bad news, however, is that shoppers on average spent less on their purchases compared to a year ago.
Wall Streeters returning Monday after an almost five-day holiday weekend better be well rested: the week ahead brings an onslaught of reports on retailers, consumer spending and the jobs market.
Although malls around the country reported a rush of shoppers and filled parking lots throughout Black Friday, total sales for the day only saw a slight - and not a robust - improvement over last year.
Although Black Friday seemed to be missing the usual mayhem associated with it, the good news for merchants was that shoppers eagerly spent money on toys, cashmere sweaters, Snuggie blankets and gadgets at juicy discounts .
Black Friday was slow and steady for Main Street retailers, a sharp contrast from the door-busting stampede of bargain hunters that rush Wal-Marts and Best Buys across the nation.
The number of people shopping on Black Friday and the days following is expected to see a modest pick up, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Tech-savvy holiday shoppers are hoping a new iPhone application will help them beat the rush on Black Friday.
For the past few years, holiday cheer has been in short supply for electronics retail chains.
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Black Friday shopping is expected to pick up more than 16 percent this year, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Foot traffic plummeted at stores this Saturday compared to last year but sales increased slightly, suggesting that shoppers are making fewer, more efficient trips for their holiday buying, according to a report released Tuesday.
With just over a week to go until Christmas, consumers have completed less than half of their holiday shopping - and millions have not even started yet, according to a report released Tuesday.
When stores report their November sales Thursday, analysts expect the scorecard will look pretty bleak once again.
The online holiday shopping season unofficially began Monday, with analysts expecting a flat performance versus last year in the face of the weak U.S. economy.
Happy Cyber Monday! If the crowds on Black Friday were any indication, it looks like consumers will be busy surfing the Web for deep discounts as well.
Stores and online merchants were busier this weekend than they were a year ago, according to figures out Sunday, but signs persist that holiday shopping will suffer in the weakest economic climate in decades.
Holiday shoppers continued their trek to malls and big-box stores Saturday, amid early indications of slightly higher Black Friday sales to kick off the season.
Black Friday appeared to start strong this year, but analysts warned that the robust start to the critical holiday shopping period could fade by midday.
Merchants know it's all or nothing when the clock strikes 12.01 a.m. Friday.
Faced with a dismal climate for consumer spending, Richard Baker, a real estate mogul turned boy wonder of retailing, has set in motion a dramatic shakeup of his crown jewel, the Lord & Taylor department store chain.
Retailers shouldn't write off the 2007 holiday shopping season just yet. Consumers are set to bag $60 billion worth of merchandise over the next seven days, experts say.
A late surge by shoppers may not have been enough to save the Christmas shopping season.
Malls were open around the clock and stores came through with huge discounts - but it was unclear whether a last-minute shopping frenzy would put retailers over the top.
It was considered a retailing masterstroke - the $11 billion acquisition of the May Department Store Company by Federated Department Stores to form what is now known as Macy's. The 2005 merger created the first national department store chain and gave Macy's unprecedented clout with suppliers. Macy's Chief Executive Terry Lundgren, considered the merger's architect, was initially lauded as a visionary. Then the trouble started.
After getting off to a fast start last month, holiday sales at some of the nation's largest retailers have slowed to an excruciatingly slow pace and mall traffic has dropped dramatically.
A generally modest November employment report is due Friday from the Labor Department, and don't be surprised to find weakness in an area where you'd expect strength this time of year: the local shopping mall.
Are the nation's retailers giving away the store?
Retailers are still mulling the results from the first weekend of the holiday shopping season. But the outlook is still murky
Although deep discounts brought out much bigger crowds of holiday bargain hunters, a major retail trade group said Sunday that shoppers actually spent less money this year over the crucial Thanksgiving weekend.
Wal-Mart, clearly annoyed that some Web sites are leaking its much-anticipated Black Friday circular weeks in advance, is threatening legal action if those sites do it again this year.
Americans aren't in the mood to spend extravagantly this holiday season.
Netflix and Amazon be warned: "Click-and-mortar" retailers like Sears.com and JCPenney.com showed the most improvement online this holiday season, an industry report said Wednesday, though they still lagged well behind the big "pure-play" Internet retailers.
A last-minute buying binge may have delivered a stellar final weekend of holiday sales but total retail sales gains for the 2006 holiday shopping period still fell short versus last year.
If this year's Black Friday deals left you breathless, prepare for a more aggressive onslaught of heavy discounts as anxious retailers pull out the stops in the final make-or-break weekend of the 2006 holiday shopping season.
With Christmas just four days away, the 2006 holiday shopping season is shaping up for a nail-biting finish after the latest industry survey released Monday showed millions of shoppers still haven't even started buying their gifts.
With Christmas exactly a week away, the 2006 holiday shopping season is shaping up for a nail-biting finish after the latest industry survey released Monday showed millions of shoppers still haven't even started buying their gifts.
Long lines, crowded stores and parking lots filled to the brim are only some of the challenges holiday shoppers face in the winter months.
Stocks slipped Friday in a shortened post-Thanksgiving session, as investors focused on rising oil prices and reports from the nation's retailers about the start of the crucial holiday shopping season.
Retailers expect to see a flurry of sales in the last two days before Christmas, especially as many more shoppers this year say they will be buying their gifts later than ever.
U.S. consumers bought less than expected in November, according to a government report Tuesday, although a drop in gasoline prices actually led to some of the decline in spending.
Fine jewelry may shape up to be one of the best bargains of the holiday season as retailers offer deep discounts amid soaring precious metal prices.
The verdict on how retailers fared in the first month of the crucial holiday shopping season: disappointing, given all the hype about a robust start.
Cyber Monday, the online retail world's version of Black Friday, got off to a busy start as many holiday shoppers logged on at work and trolled the Internet in an effort to bag a few more bargains.
Retail sales are expected to jump 22 percent to nearly $28 billion over the Thanksgiving weekend, a retail group said Sunday, which would be a welcome relief to stores worried about a sluggish start to the holiday shopping season on Black Friday.
Shoppers braved long lines and chilly temperatures to hunt down the juiciest deals Friday, with a retail group forecasting higher sales for the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season.
Consumers are clearly in the driver's seat as nervous retailers get set to kick off the "official" start of the holiday shopping season on Friday.
Here's a twist to the variety of Black Friday gimmicks retailers are coming up with this year: department store chain Macy's will actually pay shoppers -- with free gift cards, not cash -- to shop at its stores the day after Thanksgiving, according to a report in USA Today.
As Black Friday goes, so goes the entire holiday shopping season, right?
Forget about Black Friday. Many retailers, especially the department store chains, are already chopping and slashing prices in a frantic bid to draw bargain-hungry shoppers and their crucial holiday dollars.
After a tepid start to the holidays, it was the late-season bargain hunters, strong gift card redemptions and deeper discounts after Christmas that apparently bailed out the nation's retailers.
Amazon.com and Sears knew how to treat their online customers right, while Payless ShoeSource and Safeway have lessons to learn, a study said Wednesday.
With just one weekend left before Christmas, this is make-or-break time for the nation's retailers.
Retail sales rose an anemic 2.8 percent in November, although there is little evidence those numbers represent an early indication of a poor Holiday shopping season, according to a study.
The nation's shoppers were out in force this weekend, with double-digit percentage increases seen at both brick-and-mortar stores and online, and an estimated total of $22.8 billion in sales, reports indicated Sunday.
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