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Americans head to malls as Christmas approaches

Americans head to malls as Christmas approaches

A woman wearing a mask carries shopping bags through the snow near Bryant Park on December 17, 2020 in New York City. New York City received 6 to 8 inches of snow in an overnight storm that resulted in local power outages and transportation delays during the first North Eastern …

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Nike (NKE) reports Q2 fiscal 2021 earnings, sales beat

Nike (NKE) reports Q2 fiscal 2021 earnings, sales beat

A woman carries Nike shopping bags at the Citadel Outlet mall, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Commerce, California, U.S., December 3, 2020. Lucy Nicholson | Reuters Nike on Friday reported quarterly sales and earnings that topped analysts’ estimates, driven by triple-digit growth online in …

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Dick’s Sporting Goods picks Instacart for same-day delivery

Dick's Sporting Goods picks Instacart for same-day delivery

Mannequins stand next to merchandise displayed for sale at a Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. store in West Nyack, New York. Craig Warga | Bloomberg | Getty Images Dick’s Sporting Goods is teaming with Instacart to offer same-day delivery from more than 150 stores, in states including Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, …

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150 million people to shop Saturday before Christmas

150 million people to shop Saturday before Christmas

People look at the holiday decorations in the window displays at the Country store on Main Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on December 13, 2020. Joseph Prezioso | AFP | Getty Images Procrastinators still abound this holiday season, a new survey finds, despite retailers ranging from Target to Best Buy trying …

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Buy now, pay later plans are booming in the Covid economy

Buy now, pay later plans are booming in the Covid economy

New sneakers, a MacBook, a Peloton — you can pay for almost anything in installments these days. Like the layaway plans of old, but now called point-of-sale loans, “buy now, pay later” lets shoppers break their purchases into equal installment payments without interest or fees, even using a debit card, …

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Shoppers finding comfort in scented candles, home fragrances

Shoppers finding comfort in scented candles, home fragrances

Voluspa scented candles for sale at Bloomingdale’s Inc. flagship department store in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Nina Westervelt | Bloomberg | Getty Images Perfume and cologne are typically popular holiday gifts. This year, however, the beauty industry is getting a boost from a different kind of …

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Shoppers spend $10.8 billion on record e-commerce day

Shoppers spend $10.8 billion on record e-commerce day

An independent contractor to FedEx Corp. unloads packages from a delivery truck on Cyber Monday in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Holiday shoppers went online Monday and spent $10.8 billion, setting a record for the largest U.S. online shopping day …

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4 reasons why empty malls on Black Friday aren’t a bad omen

4 reasons why empty malls on Black Friday aren't a bad omen

People walk through the King of Prussia mall, on Black Friday, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Sarah Silbiger | Reuters Instead of rushing to malls, Black Friday shoppers largely headed to retailers’ websites this year. The deal-heavy holiday came in the middle of a sales season that began in October …

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Time to test the limits of e-commerce

Time to test the limits of e-commerce

An employee wearing a protective mask scans a package at an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Kegworth, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Chris Ratclifre | Bloomberg | Getty Images Cyber Monday will put retail websites and warehouses to their biggest test yet. The industry is bracing for what is …

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Black Friday traffic in stores craters 52% during pandemic

Black Friday traffic in stores craters 52% during pandemic

Shoppers walk past an Apple Store at Franklin Park Mall during Black Friday. Shoppers go to stores to take advantage of Black Friday sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Traffic at stores on Black Friday fell by 52.1% compared with last year, as Americans …

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Holiday gift-givers want their money to matter

Holiday gift-givers want their money to matter

Customer Tamara Jenkins tries on a hat with Meeka Robinson Davis, owner of One-Of-A-Kind Hats, as Davis’ daughter Chrstiana Davis looks on, at the store in the Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, November 24, 2020. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Holiday shoppers are not only …

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Black Friday 2020 traffic looks bleak at stores, malls

Black Friday 2020 traffic looks bleak at stores, malls

Hardly any lines. Empty parking lots. More employees than customers in stores. These are just some of the scenes playing out across the United States the morning of Black Friday 2020, a shopping holiday that in the past has drawn hoards of people to stores to score doorbuster deals before …

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The athleisure market heats up as shoppers want comfort

The athleisure market heats up as shoppers want comfort

The front of an Old Navy store this holiday season, which now features an assortment of loungewear, pajamas and athletic apparel. Source: Gap Inc. If you walk into any Old Navy store this holiday season, you’ll notice a plethora of athletic gear paired with other comfy clothes front and center. …

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Neiman Marcus has Santa delivering curbside

Neiman Marcus has Santa delivering curbside

Neiman Marcus now offers a virtual gift advisor service, and an in-store concierge service, to help customers pick out items on their wish lists. Source: Neiman Marcus Santa Claus will be busy delivering packages curbside, by appointment, at Neiman Marcus this holiday season. This is just one of the initiatives …

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Anti-spending movement gains momentum ahead of Black Friday

Anti-spending movement gains momentum ahead of Black Friday

‘Tis the season to shore up your savings. In the days leading up to Black Friday, financial experts caution against overspending, particularly amid an economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic — and consumers are listening. One campaign, called “In the Black Friday,” spearheaded by the National Financial Educators Council, …

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Here are the best deals (and what not to buy)

Here are the best deals (and what not to buy)

Black Friday — the biggest shopping day of the year — is no longer the day after Thanksgiving. Instead of one-day doorbuster deals, retailers like Walmart and Home Depot have been rolling out discounts in the days, or even weeks, ahead of the official start of the holiday season. And …

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So long, doorbusters! Retailers roll out weeks of deals

So long, doorbusters! Retailers roll out weeks of deals

People shop at Macy’s Herald Square during early opening for the Black Friday sales in New York City, November 28, 2019. Andrew Kelly | Reuters On Thanksgiving Day, eager bargain hunters usually head to the store and shoulder their way through crowded aisles to get a jumpstart on their holiday …

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Black Friday is almost here. And shoppers are anxious.

Black Friday is almost here. And shoppers are anxious.

A shopper uses his phone while wearing a face mask due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outside the Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware U.S. November 19, 2020. Mark Makela | Reuters Black Friday is almost here. And consumers’ anxiety about shopping in stores and enclosed malls is only escalating, …

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Retailers try to make returning online purchases easier

Retailers try to make returning online purchases easier

Shoppers walk through the King of Prussia mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Jennah Moon | Bloomberg | Getty Images First comes the holiday season, then the flood of returns. With e-commerce sales exploding during the coronavirus pandemic, retailers may see more returns than ever before. After all, shoppers do not …

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Walmart (WMT) Q3 2021 earnings

Walmart (WMT) Q3 2021 earnings

Customers shop at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images Walmart reported third-quarter earnings on Tuesday that topped Wall Street’s expectations as customers continued to shop online and sent U.S. e-commerce sales soaring by 79%. The discounter said customers are embracing the …

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Shoppers seek out more meaningful gifts amid pandemic

Shoppers seek out more meaningful gifts amid pandemic

Care packages, such as the ones made by Gift Box Love Co., have been a popular gift item on Etsy during the pandemic. Gift Box Love Co. For about two years, Ashley Houck has put together care packages of items like candles, bath salts and caramels with a personalized note. …

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