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A pedestrian passes by a Black Friday discount sign at a Joe Fresh retail store in New York.

Millions of shoppers will fight through tryptophan-induced comas and head to the stores on Thanksgiving Day, or set their alarms for daybreak on Black Friday. What’s a few hours of wrangling with the crowds when there’s the chance to snag a 49-inch name-brand TV for $150, or get a $40 discount on a Fitbit Flex? …

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Holiday Shoppers Seek Out Deals On Black Friday

There’s a lot of noise out there about how Black Friday deals aren’t what they used to be. Thanks to summer sales like Amazon Prime Day, early holiday deals that kick off in October, and the buzz around China’s Singles’ Day in November, many shoppers are sick of hearing about promotions before Black Friday even …

Retail’s upside surprise

Here’s why you shouldn’t count retail out just yet.


Forget the sounds of crumpling wrapping paper, loud video games or musical instruments during the holidays. More parents this year will be dealing with drones buzzing around their homes. Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to ship in the United States in 2015, a 63 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Consumer Electronics …

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As the holidays near, investors face a crucial question: Do they believe last week’s bad earnings news from retailers, or are they banking on the generally solid economic data that normally points to a stronger season and might have shown up in some stronger retail earnings reports on Tuesday morning? That question has raced through …

Consumer spending shift

Consumers are spending money, just not necessarily at the usual places.

Retailers face inventory issues

There are concerns in the retail industry that a lot of inventory has been building.

Singles’ Day results

Alibaba reports it sold $14 billion worth of goods during its Singles’ Day online shopping event.

Magic of Macy’s missing

Macy’s, a retail industry bellwether, disappoints investors right before the very important holiday season. Will the rest of the sector follow suit?

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There’s a reason you see a lot of doorbuster deals on TVs and tablets during the holidays. Consumers consistently place those items at the top of their holiday gadget wish list — and 2015 isn’t any different. TVs are the first, and tablets the second most wished-for item in the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual study …

Hot holiday toys

The hottest items this holiday season are already hard to find.

Retail’s stock market tale

The next couple of weeks will be key for the retail sector.

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New models of the Apple are viewed in an Apple store on September 10, 2015 in New York City.

Apple Watch buyers looking for a deal on the device are in luck. Target announced Monday it will offer a $100 gift card to customers who purchase any Apple Watch on Black Friday. It marks the first widely accessible deal on the smartwatch. Apple’s cheapest device, the Watch Sport, starts at $349. Its most expensive …

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Shoppers load items into carts at a Target store in Braintree, Massachusetts.

A sluggish global economy. Stagnant wage growth. A conservative consumer base, and a decades-low number of adults working full-time jobs. These are just some of the major headwinds weighing on sales expectations this holiday season. But while these economic woes cannot be discounted, there’s something less sinister that’s also contributing to the industry’s muted revenue …

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When it comes to shopping in the U.S., no day can outshine Black Friday. While the shopping phenomenon may be a crucial sales day for U.S. retailers, outdoor retailer, Recreational Equipment (REI) is choosing to shut all 143 of its store doors, on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The U.S. outdoor gear and sports retailer announced …