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CNNMoney: Holiday returns to hit record $46 billionupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 14:08:00

The holidays aren't even over yet and shoppers are racking up returns already.

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 weekend: Record $52.4 billion spentupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 19:07:00

Earlier than ever store openings and steep discounts helped retailers notch record sales this Black Friday weekend, according to early reports.

CNNMoney: Black Friday comes to Americaupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 12:46:00

Larger -- and younger -- crowds jammed the nation's malls and big box stores on Black Friday, as a new generation got in on one of the biggest sales days of the year.

CNNMoney: Gift cards: Season's most popular gift is often exchangedupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 17:20:00

Gift cards continue to be the most popular holiday gift, despite the fact that many recipients turn around and trade them in for cash.

CNNMoney: Black Friday sales expected to draw bigger crowdsupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 16:15:00

Despite backlash against early Thanksgiving Day store openings, Black Friday bargains are still expected to attract hordes of shoppers 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: Holiday hiring expected to be ho-hum this yearupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 06:09:00

The holiday season is barely underway, and retailers are already expressing a ho-hum attitude towards hiring.

CNNMoney: Shoplifting on the rise: A sign of recovery?updated: Fri Jun 24 2011 15:47:00

That latest sign of an economic recovery: shoplifting is back.

CNNMoney: Tax refunds: More saving and splurgingupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 10:11:00

Using your refund to pay down debt is so 2007, according to a recent report.

CNNMoney: 10 most romantic citiesupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 16:17:00

It could have something to do with the heat, but residents of Phoenix, Ariz., shelled out more dough in the days leading up to Valentine's Day than any other city nationwide.

CNNMoney: Best holiday shopping gain in 6 yearsupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 15:39:00

Retail sales in the 2010 holiday season showed the biggest percentage gain in six years, an industry group said Friday, while a separate government report showed a December sales increase on strength in e-commerce.

CNNMoney: Blizzard freezes crucial post-Christmas salesupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 11:46:00

The blizzard that walloped the U.S. East Coast over the holiday weekend struck retailers at a pivotal time, burying their crucial post-Christmas sales under a heavy blanket of snow.

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.

Diamonds make a comeback on holiday shopping listsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 09:17:00

If last year was the holiday to buy your wife a practical gift like a crock pot or a blender, then this is the year to buy her jewelry.

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.

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: Holiday sales outlook hinges on bargainsupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 07:39:00

As the holidays approach, consumers are getting back in the buying mood, but only if the price is right.

CNNMoney: Back-to-school spending to jump nearly 11% - studyupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 05:19:00

Back-to-school spending is set to jump by 10.5% this year, according to a new study, as Americans loosen their purse strings following a cash-strapped 2009.

CNNMoney: Easter shoppers set to spend $13 billionupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 14:04:00

It looks like Easter will put a little spring in shopper's steps, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Fortune: 5 unknown facts about Valentine flowersupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 16:53:00

You can complain that Valentine's Day is just a commercial holiday, but you won't hear any griping from retailers. A typical panicked shopper searching for the perfect gift on February 13 is expected to spend on average $103, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). And that's in a shaky economy.

CNNMoney: A gift for nation's stores: Holiday sales gainupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 10:48:00

The nation's merchants scored a surprising increase in their crucial year-end holiday sales, countering expectations of a decline, according to an industry report issued Thursday.

CNNMoney: More last-minute holiday shopping this yearupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 04:06:00

Holiday shoppers are procrastinating this season more than they have in the past five years, and are looking for discounts as Christmas nears, according to a retail group's survey released Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Black Friday fails to boost storesupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 10:09:00

Retailers placed a lot of hope on the Thanksgiving weekend gift buying this year, but merchants failed to get the big sales boost they were seeking.

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: 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.

CNNMoney: Cash is king for the holidaysupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 13:09:00

Holiday shoppers are going green this year ... paying for gifts with greenbacks, that is.

CNNMoney: Holiday shoppers to spend $22.27 lessupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 06:41:00

Nearly two-thirds of holiday shoppers say the economy will affect their buying this year, with the average amount being spent dropping by about $22, according to an industry report released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Take this jobless recovery and shove it!updated: Tue Oct 06 2009 12:13:00

Australia's raising interest rates! The global recession is over! The only question now is how strong and fast the economic rebound will be. Hip hip hooray!

CNNMoney: Stores won't buy into rebound talkupdated: Tue May 05 2009 15:06:00

You can't sell the nation's retailers on the idea that the economy will rebound soon.

CNNMoney: Retail jobs get slashedupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 13:11:00

The retail sector has taken a beating this winter as consumers pulled back on spending, and the 15 million Americans who rely on those jobs have been left out in the cold.

CNNMoney: No relief in sight for merchants in '09updated: Tue Jan 27 2009 03:45:00

If 2008 was brutal for retailers' sales, 2009 will be just as turbulent, or even worse, according to an industry forecast Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Retail sales drop for 6th straight monthupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 10:40:00

Retail sales fell for the sixth straight month in December, the longest consecutive stretch of monthly declines in the measure in at least four decades.

CNNMoney: For stores, a very un-merry holidayupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 12:27:00

The 2008 holiday sales season is one of the worst for retailers in decades, as consumers' concerns about the economy and job losses crushed the typical year-end shopping exuberance.

CNNMoney: Retailers want their bailout, tooupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 17:47:00

Facing a disastrous holiday shopping season, the retail industry on Tuesday urged President-elect Barack Obama to incorporate three national tax-free shopping holidays in 2009.

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: Black Friday retailers hope for silver liningupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 12:20:00

Black Friday shopping is expected to decline slightly, but pent-up demand and lower gas prices may provide a small silver lining for the suffering retail industry, according to a survey released Tuesday. Looking Ahead to a Blue Christmasupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 06:00:00

With consumer confidence plummeting, the holiday shopping season could be the leanest in years

CNNMoney: Weakest holiday sales since '02 seenupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 11:18:00

The nation's retailers could be in for the weakest holiday season in six years as the sluggish economy continues to squeeze household budgets, according to a trade group report issued Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Hidden credit card fees are costing youupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 17:20:00

Swiping your credit card at the register may save you time, but it certainly won't save you money. Thanks to hidden fees, credit card purchases are costing you more than you may know.

CNNMoney: What's not in store: Merchants hold back importsupdated: Wed May 07 2008 11:51:00

A significant drop in volume of imported retail goods into the United States is providing fresh evidence that a slowing economy has pinched American consumers' ability to shop freely, according to an industry report Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Mother's Day spending to slip - Surveyupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 14:59:00

Remember, mom, it's the thought that counts.

CNNMoney: One more merchant worry: Mall violenceupdated: Tue Feb 12 2008 15:02:00

Typically shoplifters, fraudsters and scammers pose the biggest threat to merchants' bottom line.

CNNMoney: Can't buy me love (for under $120)updated: Mon Jan 28 2008 16:38:00

Unlike housing prices and interest rates, Cupid's costs are expected to go up in 2008.

CNNMoney: Rebates: No big deal for storesupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 13:21:00

With 2008 expected to show the weakest growth for retail sales in years, Americans sorely need some incentive to keep shopping.

CNNMoney: Fears grow as consumers pull back furtherupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 10:41:00

A new round of economic data released Tuesday show that holiday sales were even worse than many experts had expected - adding to fears that 2008 could be an even more challenging year for retailers.

CNNMoney: Slow spending to slam retailersupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 08:48:00

Retail sales in 2008 will suffer their weakest pace of growth in six years as Americans struggle with rising unemployment, worsening housing and credit market conditions and higher food and energy costs in the months ahead., according to an industry forecast released Monday.

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: Retailers' big fear: 35M procrastinatorsupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 16:49:00

Some 35 million Americans have yet to start shopping for holiday gifts - meaning that the next seven days could make or break many retailers' Christmas season. 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.

Money Magazine: Beat the mobs on 'Cyber Monday'updated: Mon Nov 26 2007 04:21:00

If you didn't shop enough over the weekend, or you purposely avoided the mobbed malls, you have another chance to save on holiday gifts when you return to the office on Monday.

CNNMoney: Retail sales sputter in Octoberupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 09:08:00

Retail sales grew at a sluggish pace in October as many cash-strapped Americans continue to struggle with higher gas prices, less equity in the home and tighter credit availability.

CNNMoney: Price tag for holiday fraud: $3.7 billionupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 15:41:00

Fraudulent returns are expected to total a hefty $3.7 billion this holiday season, according to new retail industry estimates.

Fed cut and your moneyupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 03:40:00

CNN's Ali Velshi looks at what today's fed rate cut means to the average consumer & homeowner.

CNNMoney: Holiday retail sales growth could disappointupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 03:40:00

Sales growth during the 2007 holiday season could be the slowest since 2002, according to industry forecasts.

CNNMoney: Sales tax takes a back-to-school holidayupdated: Mon Aug 06 2007 01:17:00

Students may not get too excited for back-to-school, but in many states there's cause for parents to smile, as it's the start of a tax holiday season.

CNNMoney: Back-to-school pricetag: $18.4Bupdated: Tue Jul 17 2007 07:57:00

Consumer electronics - such as computers, iPods and cellphones - are expected to charge up this year's back-to-school sales to an estimated $18.4 billion, according to an industry report released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Online sales spike 19 percentupdated: Mon May 14 2007 07:26:00

As more American consumers forego crowded malls for the convenience of online shopping, total Internet-related sales are forecast to jump 19.1 percent to $174.5 billion in 2007, excluding travel, according to a new industry report Monday.

CNNMoney: Retail sales seen slowing in 1st halfupdated: Tue Jan 16 2007 07:25:00

Subdued economic growth could moderate the pace of consumer spending and retail sales gains in the first half of 2007, according to the National Retail Federation's annual industry forecast released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Holiday sales fall short of estimatesupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 10:37:00

Despite the cutthroat price wars on electronics, toys and clothing, the National Retail Federation said Friday that total sales for the November-December holiday sales season grew only "modestly," coming in below its forecasts.

CNNMoney: Holiday tally: Picking the winners and losersupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 12:57:00

Sales this final weekend before Christmas will be critical for retailers as the 2006 holiday shopping season heads to a nail-biting finish.

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.

The day in numbers: 61 millionupdated: Mon Nov 27 2006 05:12:00

This Monday is dubbed "Cyber Monday" because U.S. "e-tailers" traditionally unveil special promotions on this day. U.S. stores enjoyed big crowds on Black Friday, so called because it is when retailers are said to move out of the red (operating at a loss) and into the black as the holiday shopping season begins.

CNNMoney: Black Friday weekend: Strong startupdated: Sun Nov 26 2006 15:56:00

The holiday shopping season is off to a running start, according to surveys released this weekend, though it was still unclear how that will impact retailers' profits.

CNNMoney: Stores that serve you bestupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 09:30:00

Online retailer has taken the top spot for customer service in a nationwide survey released Thursday.

CNNMoney: Holiday 2006: Retail winners and losersupdated: Fri Sep 29 2006 14:39:00

The recent drop in gas prices has given a needed boost to shoppers ahead of the holidays but retail experts aren't convinced that will translate into big sales gains for store chains.

CNNMoney: Holiday 2006: Hostage to gas pricesupdated: Mon Jul 24 2006 10:08:00

As gasoline prices continue to flirt with new record highs, they're also having a chilling effect on consumers' ability and inclination to shop for the latest fads like a pair of Gap's blue-black skinny jeans.

CNNMoney: Back-to-school spending to leapupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 13:29:00

Back-to-school spending will see a big leap this year, with the biggest growth in electronics and apparel purchases, according to a new study.

CNNMoney: Expensive gasoline = consumer belt-tighteningupdated: Thu May 18 2006 07:13:00

As higher gas prices eat into consumers' shopping budgets, more Americans say they could be forced to cope with the pain at the pump by cutting back on eating out, driving less often and holding off on purchases on big-ticket items like cars and TVs, according to a new industry survey Thursday.

CNNMoney: Best ways to spend your tax refundupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 09:52:00

More than two-thirds of consumers expect to receive a tax refund this year and they are eager to put those dollars to work, according to the National Retail Federation.

CNNMoney: Can buy me loveupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 12:31:00

From candy and cards to roses and reservations, consumers will be opening their wallets to express what's in their hearts this February 14.

CNNMoney: Retail execs a little uneasy about '06updated: Wed Jan 18 2006 08:31:00

Few would argue that retailers got a lucky break over the past holidays. Despite a very challenging year for consumers, shoppers were able to put money worries aside and dug deep in the spirit of year-end gift-giving.

CNNMoney: Shoppers may take a breakupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 07:40:00

Higher energy costs and a slowing housing market are the two key factors that will pressure consumers to retrench spending in 2006, causing a slowdown in overall retail sales growth, according to the National Retail Federation's annual industry forecast released Monday.

CNNMoney: Photo finish in 2005 shopping raceupdated: Tue Dec 27 2005 07:57:00

This year's shopping season started with a bang, then quickly fizzled into a slow and boring drag before staging an impressive pick-up just shy of the finish line.

CNNMoney: NRF raises holiday forecastupdated: Tue Nov 22 2005 05:02:00

The National Retail Federation on Tuesday upped its holiday sales forecast to a 6 percent increase from an earlier 5 percent, saying that a fall in gas prices had given retailers more reason to be optimistic for a better season overall.

CNNMoney: Hey Santa, show some imagination!updated: Wed Nov 09 2005 14:07:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - For Christmas this year, throw your husband from a plane.

CNNMoney: More charity expected this holidayupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 11:33:00

An increase in charitable giving will push holiday spending higher this season, even though gift-giving is expected to be on the decline, according to a survey published Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Deep discounts? You bet!updated: Thu Oct 20 2005 09:10:00

It's been a tough couple of weeks for consumers paying more at the gas pump and getting set for big increases in winter heating bills.

CNNMoney: Holiday sales forecast to grow 5%updated: Wed Sep 21 2005 05:15:00

Gas prices, tougher year-over-year sales comparisons and eroding consumer confidence are some of the factors that together could dim the lights for merchants during the upcoming holiday shopping period, according to an industry forecast issued Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Poor grades for back-to-school sales?updated: Tue Jul 19 2005 07:58:00

Retailers banking on a back-to-school bonanza this year, beware. The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that it expects a disappointing 8.2 percent drop this year in the average amount of money families will spend on school-related merchandise.

CNNMoney: Make way for refunds!updated: Mon Mar 28 2005 09:32:00

More than two-thirds of consumers expect to receive a tax refund this year and they are ready to spend it, according to the National Retail Federation.

CNNMoney: Old Man Winter to scare off Easter Bunnyupdated: Thu Mar 10 2005 12:40:00

Easter comes early this year, and consumers still feeling the winter blues are likely to spend less money on spring clothes during the Easter holiday, according to a consumer survey.

CNNMoney: Survey: Love costing less in '05updated: Tue Feb 01 2005 08:03:00

Valentine's Day could be more "bitter" than "sweet" for retailers this year, with consumers expected to spend a little less than they did in 2004 on candy, flowers, jewelry and eating out.

CNNMoney: A jolly holiday, after allupdated: Thu Jan 13 2005 10:12:00

Despite a wobbly start, shoppers pulled through in the end for retailers to deliver the strongest holiday season in five years, according to the National Retail Federation.

CNNMoney: Buying into the new year?updated: Mon Dec 27 2004 06:27:00

U.S. stocks on Monday looked set to carry on the momentum from last week's rally on Wall Street, although markets overseas were roiled by the earthquake that devastated parts of Asia over the weekend.

CNNMoney: The holiday tallyupdated: Sun Dec 26 2004 17:57:00

Did holiday procrastinators come through in time to give retailers a much-needed last-minute sales boost?

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: Shopping spree: Sprint or marathon?updated: Fri Nov 26 2004 03:18:00

The first frenzied wave of early bargain hunters pushed and shoved their way into stores across the nation Black Friday, but industry watchers said it remains to be seen if the buying momentum holds going into the weekend.

Good planning key to shopping successupdated: Wed Nov 24 2004 09:48:00

Many holiday shoppers view their task as a dreaded chore, not as the enjoyable part of the season that it could be with some good planning and the help of's holiday shopping guide.

CNNMoney: 'Tis the season of jolly discountsupdated: Tue Sep 28 2004 10:54:00

Winter shopping could become a bargain hunter's delight if stores do what industry experts expect them to do: more price-cutting during the holidays than usual.

CNNMoney: Holiday sales: Jolly, not jubilantupdated: Wed Sep 22 2004 03:33:00

It hasn't exactly been a summer of fun for retailers this year -- but at least merchants can look forward to a little holiday cheer, an industry group said Wednesday.

Fortune: Gimme A (Tax) Breakupdated: Mon Sep 06 2004 00:01:00

What's in store for retailers this fall? Second-quarter sales were ahead of expectations, and most retailers are predicting modest growth in the third quarter. Despite high oil prices and rising in...

CNNMoney: Revving up for back-to-schoolupdated: Wed Jul 28 2004 08:34:00

While most kids probably aren't counting down the days to that first school bell, the nation's retailers can't wait to hear it soon enough.

CNNMoney: Big bucks for back-to-schoolupdated: Tue Jul 20 2004 09:09:00

Back-to-school retail spending is expected to grow by 7.2 percent to $14.8 billion this year, a retail industry group said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Shopping strength seenupdated: Mon Jul 12 2004 10:05:00

A retail industry group raised its sales forecast for all of 2004 Tuesday, although it appeared to temper its enthusiasm for the second half, which includes the crucial back-to-school and holiday shopping periods.

CNNMoney: Wearing red, white and blueupdated: Thu Jun 24 2004 09:44:00

Americans are feeling more patriotic than ever and loading up on flags, clothes and decorations ahead of the July 4th holiday, according to a new survey.

CNNMoney: Iraq, gas prices clip Dad Day spendingupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 14:20:00

Honoring thy father doesn't mean breaking the bank.

CNNMoney: Consumers get gas painsupdated: Tue May 18 2004 10:37:00

Nearly a third of Americans are cutting back on vacation and travel and 27 percent are cutting back on eating out because of record high gas prices, a retail industry survey said Tuesday.

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