Holiday shopping

November 26, 2018 - 11:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season can be a motivation and productivity killer at some small businesses. Staffers may spend time chatting or shopping online, ask to leave early for children's holiday events or just not be in the mood to work. The companies with the most holiday problems are likely...
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A Black Friday shopper walks through Dolphin Mall on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Miami. Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts, and to take in the scene. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
November 24, 2018 - 3:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The physical rush of Black Friday and the armchair browsing of Cyber Monday are increasingly blending into one big holiday shopping event as more customers buy items online and pick them up at brick-and-mortar stores. Adobe Analytics reported Saturday that more customers are...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo, packages from Internet retailers are delivered with the U.S. Mail in a apartment building mail room in Washington. Shoppers going online to score after-Thanksgiving deals and begin their holiday shopping will increasingly find they’re being charged sales tax at websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File)
November 24, 2018 - 12:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they're being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren't before. The reason: the Supreme Court. A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online purchases. Now,...
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People wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 23, 2018 - 7:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next day...
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An Investor walks in front of private stock trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Asian markets are mostly lower as traders dwelled on risks from a drawn-out dispute between the U.S. and China and other events closer to home. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
November 23, 2018 - 2:37 pm
U.S. stocks closed lower after a shortened session Friday, bumping the benchmark S&P 500 index into a correction, or drop of 10 percent below its most recent all-time high in September. Energy companies led the market slide as the price of U.S. crude oil tumbled to its lowest level in more than...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo, packages from Internet retailers are delivered with the U.S. Mail in a apartment building mail room in Washington. Shoppers going online to score after-Thanksgiving deals and begin their holiday shopping will increasingly find they’re being charged sales tax at websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File)
November 23, 2018 - 12:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they're being charged sales tax at websites where they weren't before. The reason has to do with the Supreme Court. A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online purchases...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2015, file photo, the oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock in Elliott Bay in Seattle. Sharply lower oil prices are sending ripples through the global economy, lending more spending power to consumers _ particularly for Americans’ big holiday shopping spree _ but potentially dampening investment in U.S. oil production. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
November 21, 2018 - 11:52 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Holiday shoppers should enjoy more spending power thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, though cheaper energy could also weigh on the U.S. economy by dampening investment in shale oil production. While the fall in oil prices doesn't yet match the 2014-2016 slump...
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FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2018, file photo a sign for a Sears appliance outlet store is displayed in Kansas City, Mo. Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sears Holdings Corp. has been trying to convince suppliers to keep shipping it merchandise by touting the $300 million in financing it has secured so that its business can continue operating through the holidays. But a growing number of manufacturers who themselves got hurt or watched others get burned by Toys R Us’ quick demise are still nervous. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 25, 2018 - 1:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sears Holdings Corp. has been trying to convince suppliers to keep shipping it merchandise by touting the $300 million in financing it has secured so that its business can continue operating through the holidays. But a growing number of...
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October 23, 2018 - 6:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Target will be offering for the first time two-day shipping with no minimum purchase this holiday, raising the stakes in the delivery wars during the busiest shopping season of the year. The offer, announced Tuesday, will start Nov. 1 and end Dec. 22. It's part of the retailer's...
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In this Aug. 30, 2018, photo Seraphina, 3, plays with a V-Tech Explore and Write Activity Set at the Walmart Toy Shop event in New York. Walmart says 30 percent of its holiday toy assortment will be new. It will also offer 40 percent more toys on Walmart.com from a year ago. In November and December, the company’s toy area will be rebranded as “America’s Best Toy Shop.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
October 12, 2018 - 9:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood. Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity. Rather than cede any more ground to online behemoth Amazon, companies like Target, Walmart and Party City...
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