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Looking for low airfares? You'll need some luckupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 05:43:00

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.

CNNMoney: Retailers see 11th-hour surge in holiday salesupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 15:33:00

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.

CNNMoney: Record Black Friday sales? Don't get too excitedupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 14:11:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday surge won't change ho-hum outlookupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 14:16:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday sales hit record, says reportupdated: Sat Nov 26 2011 19:13:00

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.

Best days for seasonal shoppingupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 10:34:00

Consult this handy calendar of what gifts to purchase, when -- courtesy of consumer-retail experts.

CNNMoney: Best Buy to open at midnight Thanksgivingupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 10:02:00

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.

CNNMoney: Macy's to open at midnight Thanksgivingupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 10:09:00

Macy's will get a jumpstart on the Black Friday madness, opening its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving for the first time this year.

CNNMoney: Holiday shoppers to spend more on themselves this yearupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:56:00

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.

CNNMoney: Hot deals juice up retailers' holiday salesupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 10:37:00

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.

Holiday etiquette in cash-strapped timesupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 11:54:00

A personal finance expert shares tips on how to give and not break the bank this holiday season.

Billion-dollar day: 'Cyber Monday' was biggest in historyupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 11:54:00

Yes, Virginia, there is a Cyber Monday.

CNNMoney: Cyber Monday sales hit record $1 billionupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 11:11:00

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.

CNNMoney: Cyber Monday sales up 20%updated: Tue Nov 30 2010 14:29:00

Online sales on Cyber Monday surged nearly 20% from last year, according to findings from an analytics group released Tuesday.

Black Friday shoppers see pleasure where others see painupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 18:37:00

Like a football coach preparing for a rival, Nicki Shoulders has been seriously game-planning for Black Friday -- right down to the play sheet.

Sears opens Thanksgiving morningupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 18:37:00

Customers await for a Sears store in Burbank, California, to open for some holiday shopping.

CNNMoney: Holiday shoppers head online this yearupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 17:55:00

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.

CNNMoney: Stocks stage an afternoon comebackupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 16:30:00

After tumbling early Monday morning, stocks bounced back to end the session still down, but much closer to breakeven.

CNNMoney: No work happening today - it's Cyber Monday!updated: Mon Nov 29 2010 13:50:00

Squeezing in some holiday shopping at your desk today? You are not alone.

Shoppers hit the Web on Thanksgivingupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 12:35:00

Online sales increased on "Black Friday" this year, but not nearly as much as they did on Thanksgiving.

Why 'Cyber Monday' is mostly mythupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 11:22:00

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CNNMoney: Black Friday: More shoppers, modest salesupdated: Sun Nov 28 2010 20:18:00

Preliminary reports of sales on Black Friday weekend are coming in.

CNNMoney: Main Street hopeful for better holiday shopping seasonupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 15:42:00

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.

CNNMoney: Next up: Cyber Monday, e-tailers' big dayupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 13:32:00

Online sellers kick off the coming week with one of their biggest sales days of the year - Cyber Monday.

Five don't-miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel dealsupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 12:49:00

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.

Does Black Friday still have a point?updated: Fri Nov 26 2010 09:03:00

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 stores open Thanksgiving nightupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 09:03:00

Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch describes the crowds and hot items at the toys-only retailer that opened Thanksgiving night.

CNNMoney: Black Friday 2010 gets a Thursday startupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 18:21:00

'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.

Forget Black Friday; deals are online nowupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 08:21:00

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.

Black Friday 101: Ways to save when holiday shoppingupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 10:40:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday deals to draw 138 million shoppersupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 10:12:00

Black Friday bargains are expected to attract 138 million shoppers to stores this year, up 3% from last year, an industry report said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Black Friday 2010: Slashing prices like crazyupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 15:46:00

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.

Ready, set, go: Some holiday shoppers get a head startupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:25:00

'Twas three months before Christmas and Becky Gaar was on the hunt for a Disney Princess Magic Rise Oven for her 6-year-old granddaughter.

Paper or plastic this holiday?updated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:25:00

Don't be one of the millions still paying for Christmas next year. Christine Romans on how you should pay this holiday.

CNNMoney: Cyber Monday: A lot of clicking and shoppingupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 10:27:00

Did Cyber Monday outshine Black Friday this year?

CNNMoney: Cyber Monday shoppers: 4 million per minuteupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 15:34:00

Not satisfied with your holiday weekend shopping? Don't worry, it's Cyber Monday.

CNNMoney: Cyber Monday: Hope for disappointed storesupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 16:38:00

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.

CNNMoney: Eye on the consumerupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 13:37:00

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.

CNNMoney: Early shopping tally: Some gems, some coalupdated: Sat Nov 28 2009 16:30:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday crowds eager to spendupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 19:36:00

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 .

CNNMoney: Quiet Black Friday on Main Streetupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 16:58:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday turnout to rise modestlyupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 15:53:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday on iPhone: There's an app for thatupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 14:53:00

Tech-savvy holiday shoppers are hoping a new iPhone application will help them beat the rush on Black Friday.

Let battle for holiday gadget shoppers beginupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 10:38:00

For the past few years, holiday cheer has been in short supply for electronics retail chains.

Preventing Black Friday deathsupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 03:11:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti revisits the scene of a stampede that fatally crushed an employee. Will change prevent a repeat?

Survey: Black Friday shopping to jump 16 percentupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 03:11:00

Black Friday shopping is expected to pick up more than 16 percent this year, according to a survey released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Final holiday push: Empty storesupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 06:45:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday procrastinators: 41 million haven't startedupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 13:27:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday sales: Outlook gets bleakerupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 14:34:00

When stores report their November sales Thursday, analysts expect the scorecard will look pretty bleak once again.

CNNMoney: Cyber Monday starts online shopping seasonupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 11:24:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday, Blue Christmasupdated: Mon Dec 01 2008 11:51:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday shopping off to higher startupdated: Sun Nov 30 2008 16:17:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday shoppers are spendingupdated: Sat Nov 29 2008 15:37:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday: Long lines, short gift listsupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 12:04:00

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.

CNNMoney: Black Friday: It has to be big, and boldupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 06:59:00

Merchants know it's all or nothing when the clock strikes 12.01 a.m. Friday.

Fortune: Shakeup at Lord & Taylorupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 18:41:00

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.

CNNMoney: Post-Christmas bounty: $60 billionupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 14:43:00

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.

CNNMoney: Retailers on knife's edgeupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 09:51:00

A late surge by shoppers may not have been enough to save the Christmas shopping season.

CNNMoney: Holiday sales: Down to the wireupdated: Mon Dec 24 2007 16:33:00

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.

Fortune: Macy's makeoverupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 08:26:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday shopping hits the skidsupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 13:30:00

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.

CNNMoney: Weak jobs number in store(s)updated: Fri Dec 07 2007 06:37:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday sales: Sneak peek at winners and losersupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 09:51:00

Are the nation's retailers giving away the store? The Myth of Black Fridayupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 13:00:00

Retailers are still mulling the results from the first weekend of the holiday shopping season. But the outlook is still murky

CNNMoney: Holiday shoppers show restraintupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 08:37:00

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.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart: Stop leaking Black Friday dealsupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 12:09:00

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.

CNNMoney: Splurges will be scarce this holiday seasonupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 11:58:00

Americans aren't in the mood to spend extravagantly this holiday season.

CNNMoney: Online surprise: Penney, Sears gain on Amazonupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 10:17:00

Netflix and Amazon be warned: "Click-and-mortar" retailers like and 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.

CNNMoney: Stores cut prices to meet holiday sales goalsupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 05:43:00

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.

CNNMoney: Last chance to grab hot holiday dealsupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 08:24:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holding out to the holiday endupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 08:27:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holding out to the holiday endupdated: Mon Dec 18 2006 07:28:00

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.

Your e-mails: Holiday shopping tipsupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 13:38:00

Long lines, crowded stores and parking lots filled to the brim are only some of the challenges holiday shoppers face in the winter months.

CNNMoney: Stocks dip in short sessionupdated: Fri Nov 24 2006 13:33:00

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.

CNNMoney: Down to the wire for holiday shoppingupdated: Fri Dec 23 2005 07:39:00

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.

CNNMoney: Retail sales soft in Novemberupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 08:27:00

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.

CNNMoney: 'Tis the season to buy some blingupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 12:22:00

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.

CNNMoney: Holiday retail is ho, ho humupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 07:07:00

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.

CNNMoney: Hot time on Cyber Mondayupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 07:31:00

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.

CNNMoney: Hope for strong weekend yetupdated: Sun Nov 27 2005 14:35:00

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.

CNNMoney: The race for holiday bargains is onupdated: Fri Nov 25 2005 05:14:00

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.

CNNMoney: The countdown to Black Fridayupdated: Thu Nov 24 2005 07:08:00

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.

CNNMoney: Macy's plans $1M gift card giveawayupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 07:35:00

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.

CNNMoney: Pre-Black Friday staticupdated: Thu Nov 17 2005 09:32:00

As Black Friday goes, so goes the entire holiday shopping season, right?

CNNMoney: Bargain frenzy: Retailers jittery?updated: Mon Nov 14 2005 10:53:00

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.

CNNMoney: The surge at the finish lineupdated: Thu Jan 06 2005 07:21:00

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.

CNNMoney: Online shoppers want R-E-S-P-E-C-Tupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 13:21:00 and Sears knew how to treat their online customers right, while Payless ShoeSource and Safeway have lessons to learn, a study said Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Big bargain blitz on the wayupdated: Fri Dec 17 2004 08:18:00

With just one weekend left before Christmas, this is make-or-break time for the nation's retailers.

CNNMoney: Study points to poor holiday shoppingupdated: Tue Dec 07 2004 11:22:00

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.

CNNMoney: A weekend shopping spreeupdated: Sun Nov 28 2004 07:24:00

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.

Fortune: HOLIDAY SHOPPING IS HIS DEPARTMENTupdated: Mon Nov 01 2004 00:01:00

Rumors of the death of the department store, according to Terry Lundgren, have been greatly exaggerated. As CEO of 75-year-old Federated Department Stores (parent of Macy's and Bloomingdale's), he ...

CNNMoney: 'Twas a happy holiday for retailupdated: Thu Jan 08 2004 06:19:00

Wal-Mart's upside sales surprise, strong results from luxury retailers and better-than-expected performance from specialty apparel stores suggested Thursday that Santa came through for retailers in the holiday season.

Money Magazine: Do You Shop Too Much? Understanding--and controlling--the primal urge to splurgeupdated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

Marie LaTortue loves shopping the way Michael Jackson loves plastic surgery: truly, madly, deeply. Every few months, Marie goes on a binge, hitting the malls in a state of giddy determination, drop...

Money Magazine: The Calendarupdated: Fri Dec 01 2000 00:01:00



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I USED TO BUY everything I wanted and never worried about price,'' says Melba Turner. No more. For the Turners, both 31 -- Melba is an accountant and Jerome is a marketer -- life has become one big...

Money Magazine: Sorting Out a Sale from a Scam While everybody is slashing prices, few are really offering bargains. Our scorecard shows you howupdated: Mon Apr 01 1991 00:01:00

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