October 10, 2014

Accenture on Thursday released its annual holiday shopping survey, finding that consumers are expressing increased optimism about their personal finances this year. 

October 7, 2014

The 2014 holiday shopping season will be characterized by cautious spending, while economic realities create one of two American holiday shoppers: survivalists and selectionists.

 

September 24, 2014

As the nation continues to move slowly toward economic improvement, stores and online retail outlets should expect to see an uptick in holiday sales this year, according to Deloitte's annual retail holiday sales forecast. 

September 19, 2014

Nearly one-quarter (24%) of retailers expect a significant increase (5% or more) in year-over-year sales during the 2014 holiday season, while another 70% are predicting sales will be on par with the 2013 season, according to a survey by global management consultancy Hay Group.

 

March 10, 2014

Where would the candy category be without seasonal merchandise?

March 5, 2014

Weis Markets on Tuesday evening posted $686.4 million in fourth-quarter sales for the 13-week period ended Dec. 28, 2013, representing a decline of 1.1% as compared to the year-ago period.

February 6, 2014

Costco on Thursday reported net sales of $8 billion for the four weeks ended Feb. 2, representing an increase of 6% percent from the similar four-week period last year.

February 5, 2014

Walgreens posted January sales of $6.4 billion, an increase of 3.7% compared with the year-ago period.

December 27, 2013

U.S. retail sales reportedly rose 3.5% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year.

December 18, 2013

As consumers are reaching the final days to squeeze in their holiday shopping, Target has announced some last-minute deals.

December 16, 2013

More Americans now say they are loosening the purse strings in advance of the holiday season, and fewer say they are tightening their belts, according to a recent survey.

December 12, 2013

Consumers spent a majority of last week recovering from “Black Weekend” holiday shopping.

December 6, 2013

Holiday shopping got a big boost during Thanksgiving weekend, and most of the growth came from shopping on Thanksgiving itself rather than Black Friday, according to a new report.

November 27, 2013

U.S. retailers are approaching the holiday shopping season with prudence. According to a July 2013 survey, conducted by e-commerce technology provider Baynote, 38% of retailers project a year-over-year increase in online sales of just 11% to 20%.

November 26, 2013

Black Friday will just be an ordinary day for the 56% of Americans who plan to do no shopping at all, according to a Consumer Reports poll released Tuesday.

November 26, 2013

Moody's on Tuesday cut against the grain with its holiday forecasts by suggesting pent-up demand will help give retailers a reason to celebrate Black Friday despite concerns of another government shutdown in January.

November 26, 2013

Canada's Thanksgiving happened last month, and its major day of frenzied holiday shopping traditionally happens on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, but Black Friday shopping has been making waves up there in recent years as well.

November 25, 2013

Many of Rite Aid's stores will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

November 22, 2013

Walmart is providing a number of special holiday deals to online and mobile shoppers as part of an early Cyber Monday promotion that begins Saturday, Nov. 30. In addition, Walmart's mobile app customers, Facebook fans and email subscribers will be among the first to receive invitations to an early shopping event on Sunday, Dec. 1, featuring up to 20 of the best Cyber Monday items, before they are widely available.

November 19, 2013

A big majority of consumers plan to use their phones during the holiday season to do more than just check prices, according to a new consumer survey.

November 19, 2013

Shoppers are already looking past the holiday season and not liking what they see, according to a special survey conducted between Oct. 31 and Nov. 5 by IRI that was released Tuesday.

November 5, 2013

Negative experiences in one shopping channel can influence consumers' perceptions of other channels too, according to a new survey.

November 4, 2013

Underwhelming fall sales and continued economic and federal budgetary concerns have U.S. retailers in a “wait and see” mode this holiday season, according to a recent BDO USA survey released Monday.

November 1, 2013

Almost 9-in-10 (88%) consumers will shop in stores this holiday season, compared to 75% who will shop online and 16% who will shop via mobile device.