Holiday shopping - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Holiday shopping Sears may sell land, cut jobs to save $1B; shares soar NEW YORK (AP) — Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block as part of its latest plan to revive the faltering retail chain. The company, which also owns Kmart, said Friday that it is cutting costs by at least $1 billion a year. It also said that it was adding $140 million in liquidity by reworking its debt, giving the company ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:11:00 GMT 2017-02-10T15:11:00Z Holiday sales report shows boost in 2016 NEW YORK (AP) — A stronger economy helped boost holiday sales both in stores and online this season, but department stores continued to struggle as habits shift. Sales rose 4 percent to about $658.3 billion, according to The National Retail Federation. That beat a forecast for a 3.6 percent boost. Online sales alone rose 12.6 percent to $122.9 billion, topping a forecast for... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-01-13T16:16:00Z Credit card spending jumped in November WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers increased their borrowing in November at the fastest pace in three months. Total borrowing in November climbed $24.5 billion, compared to a smaller $16.2 billion in October, the Federal Reserve reported Monday. The increase pushed total debt to a fresh record of $3.75 trillion. The acceleration reflected a bi... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:20:00 GMT 2017-01-09T20:20:00Z Online shoppers help holiday spending; department stores lag WASHINGTON (AP) — Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer — though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged. Overall consumer spending grew 4.7 percent over the previous holiday season, while online retail purchasing grew 12 percent over the same period last year, according to First Data,... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:00:00 GMT 2017-01-09T19:00:00Z Macy's to close stores, cut jobs amid weak sales Macy's says it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closures after a disappointing holiday shopping season. The department store chain also lowered its full-year earnings forecast. The retailer said Wednesday that sales at its established stores fell 2.1 percent in November and December compared to the same period l... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:40:00 GMT 2017-01-05T00:40:00Z The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Those extra percentage points would have translated into an extra $70 billion more in buying for last ye... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 21:30:00 GMT 2016-12-24T21:30:00Z A guide to making holiday returns The holidays are a time for celebration and gifts, but not all presents hit the mark and returning them doesn't feel very festive. If you find yourself unhappy with a gift, you wouldn't be the only one. Nearly a quarter of the people responding to a 2015 holiday survey by shopping app Retale said they were likely to return or exchange at least one of the ... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:55:00 GMT 2016-12-22T16:55:00Z Consumer spending growth weakened in November WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers slowed the growth in their spending in November and income growth was flat, two worrisome signs at the start of the holiday shopping season. Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in November, the weakest showing since a 0.1 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Spending had posted healthy gains of 0.7 percent in September... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:46:00 GMT 2016-12-22T15:46:00Z Amy Schumer buys back family farm as gift for her father Amy Schumer has given her father an early holiday gift by buying back the farm her family once owned. Schumer posted a screengrab on Instagram on Monday of her delivering the news to her father on a video call. She also posted a video of herself as a child walking through a cornfield on the farm. She added in the caption, "We lost the farm when we lost everything else. But t... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:44:00 GMT 2016-12-20T15:44:00Z Winter storm socks Midwest, East, spawning accidents, deaths A winter storm of snow, freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures socked the nation's mid-section and East Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of accidents on icy roads and putting a crimp on Christmas shopping. At least nine deaths were blamed on the slick roads and authorities were investigating a few other traffic fatalities as possibly weather-rela... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 01:25:00 GMT 2016-12-18T01:25:00Z Stores push deals, hope to lure shoppers for holiday stretch NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are pushing deals and incentives like free shipping for the final week of the holiday shopping season, as new numbers show people are so far spending at a bit of a slower pace than last year. Retailers pared down their inventories and offered more exclusive merchandise this season in a bid to avoid having to offer big discounts that... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:10:00 GMT 2016-12-17T00:10:00Z US retail sales barely rise at start of holiday shopping WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail spending just slightly in November, a possible sign of lackluster holiday shopping. Retail sales rose only 0.1 percent in November, after a downwardly-revised 0.6 percent growth in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Consumers bumped up their purchases at restaurants and fu... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:00:00 GMT 2016-12-14T16:00:00Z Ask Brianna: Can I enjoy the holidays without going broke? "Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to Q: After hosting and attending holiday parties and ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:49:00 GMT 2016-12-13T15:49:00Z First Data: Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales up 9 percent NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Holiday spending rose 9 percent Thursday and Friday combined, compared with the same two-day period last year, according to First Data. The bump was fueled by shoppers turning to online deals. E-commerce sales rose 10.8 percent for the two-day period,... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:23:00 GMT 2016-11-29T05:23:00Z Cyber Monday transforms as shoppers are more connected NEW YORK (AP) — The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list — but a one-day Cyber Monday frenzy appears to be going the way of the dial-up modem. Shoppers who have high-speed connections at home and on their phones are pouncing on deals that stores are sp... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:07:00 GMT 2016-11-29T01:07:00Z The Latest: online, in malls and overseas, Black Friday's on NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Black Friday Holiday shopping (all times Eastern): 3 p.m. Adobe Digital Insights says Thanksgiving Day sales online totaled $1.93 billion, up 11.5 percent from the day last year, as more people opted to stay home and shop online instead of hitting the stores. Still, that fell short of the $2 billion Adobe predicted. ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:25:00 GMT 2016-11-25T20:25:00Z After the turkey, some hit the shops to start holiday season NEW YORK (AP) — After enjoying the Thanksgiving turkey, some Americans hit the stores for what retailers hope will be a new tradition to start the holiday shopping season. Throngs of shoppers lined up at Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan for its evening opening, looking for deals, and Target estimated hundreds were waiting outside a store in Jersey City, New Jersey. The comp... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 02:43:00 GMT 2016-11-25T02:43:00Z