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Shoppers carry their purchases as they walk though the steam coming from the underground along Fifth Avenue on Black Friday in New York, . Shoppers were on the hunt for deals and were at the stores for entertainment Friday as malls opened for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, even as the start of the holiday season edges ever earlierHoliday Shopping Black Friday, New York, USA - 25 Nov 2016

Government and Trade

No Spring Bounce Back for Retail Sales

The official data has painted a confusing picture since the partial government shutdown.

clock May 15, 2019Kathryn Hopkins

Shoppers shop at the Dolphin Mall on Black, in Miami. Stores open their doors Friday for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, even as the start of the holiday season edges ever earlierHoliday Shopping Black Friday, Miami, USA - 25 Nov 2016

Government and Trade

New Tariffs Could Cause 12,000 Store Closures

The industry has already seen more store closure announcements this year than in the whole of 2018.

clock May 14, 2019Kathryn Hopkins


Business Features

What’s Driving Consumers to Overspend? Credit Karma Says ‘FOMO’ to Blame

The credit score company says consumers need to create a household budget.

clock May 13, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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As Retailers Focus on ‘Customer Experience,’ Most Profitable Shoppers Ignored

Data from DynamicAction shows a steep decline in “customer profitability” as retailers look at the overall shopping experience instead of taking a more tactical approach.

clock May 6, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Retailers Boosted Jobs in September

Government and Trade

Strong Jobs Numbers Didn’t Extend to Retail

Department stores and clothing stores shed jobs in April.

clock May 3, 2019Kathryn Hopkins

The U.S. government shutdown lasted 35 days.

Business Features

Today’s Consumer: Cash-strapped, Loaded With Debt, Living Beyond Their Means

Retail spending continues even as consumer credit card debt soars.

clock May 1, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as part of the activities for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the White HouseTrump, Washington, USA - 25 Apr 2019

Government and Trade

The U.S. Economy Surprises on the Upside

It appears to be stronger than many had thought, but economists were mixed on whether this rapid growth pace can be sustained.

clock April 26, 2019Kathryn Hopkins

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Business Features

That’s Entertainment? Consumers Dole Out More Money Having Fun, Less On Giving

Government data shows income before taxes rising more than 4.3 percent.

clock April 26, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Shoppers walk past sale signs in San Francisco. On Wednesday, Aug 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for JulyRetail Sales, San Francisco, USA - 03 Jul 2018

Government and Trade

Retail Sales Bounced Back Last Month

Clothing store sales rose by 2 percent between February and March.

clock April 18, 2019Kathryn Hopkins



The City With the Most Target Stores Per Capita analyzed stores locations across the U.S. to see which place had the most.

clock April 10, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

People walk into a Sears store slated for closing that is next to a mall that is being torn down in Overland Park, Kan. Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. The company once dominated the American landscape, but whether a smaller Sears can be viable remains in questionSears, Overland Park, USA - 07 Jul 2017


Weak Sales at ‘B’ Malls, Store Closures Gives Fitch Ratings the Jitters

The firm said negative ratings on certain retail loans will impact commercial, mortgage-backed securities.

clock April 3, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

A Chinese consumer walks in a shopping mall in Beijing, China, 16 November 2018. China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.5 percent year-on-year in October, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).China economy consumption, Beijing - 16 Nov 2018


What Trade War? The Chinese Consumer Is Back

A stronger RMB and relaxed visa rules are fueling more shopping abroad, while a revival at home is also in the cards.

clock April 2, 2019Kathryn Hopkins

A shopper carries bags in San Francisco. On Monday, July 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for JuneRetail Sales, San Francisco, USA - 03 Jul 2018

Government and Trade

Weak Retail Sales Add to Confusion Over Economy

February’s numbers were worse than economists had been expecting.

clock April 1, 2019Kathryn Hopkins


Business Features

Guess What Shoppers Buy When Drunk

The third annual report from personal finance site,, included online and in-store purchases.

clock March 18, 2019Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Thrilling is the "first-ever dedicated e-commerce platform for secondhand clothing."


First E-comm Thrift Shop ‘Thrilling’ Announces Stylist Collaboration

L.A.-based Thrilling partners with celebrity stylist Ali Mandelkorn and Goodwill SoCal to push special causes without discarding fashion.

clock March 15, 2019Kaley Roshitsh

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