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Vegan leather, faux fur are hot holiday gifts

Vegan leather, faux fur are hot holiday gifts

Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment.

December 21, 2013 12:00 pm
Fit chic: Gym clothes became fashionable

Fit chic: Gym clothes became fashionable

So long, dingy sweatpants. Workout clothes for women, once relegated to the back of the closet, are moving to the front of the fashion scene.

December 01, 2013 11:00 am Photos


Subdued mood on the last holiday shopping weekend

ATLANTA | Christmas shoppers thronged malls and pounced on discounts but apparently spent less this year, their spirits dampened by concerns about the economy and the aftermath of shootings and storms.

December 25, 2012 12:00 am

When working from home goes wrong

NEW YORK | Nearly every office dweller fantasizes about the joys of working from home: Dressing in PJs instead of suits. Eating from the fridge and not the vending machine. Listening to birds chirp instead of the boss bark.

November 03, 2012 12:00 am
Tot tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

Tot tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.

September 23, 2012 12:00 am
Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet starts shipping

Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet starts shipping

Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet electronic device began arriving in stores and homes on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule.

November 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Collectible toys, games top toy list

NEW YORK | Most children love to collect things. This year, toy makers are banking on it.

October 02, 2011 12:00 am

Teen stores in tight spot for back to school

NEW YORK | Half-priced jeans and promotional freebies are already popping up at the mall with the start of school still weeks away.

August 08, 2010 12:00 am

Best Buy shoppers spend less than expected

NEW YORK | Best Buy shoppers spent less than expected this spring, contributing to a rocky first quarter for the chain and disappointing Wall Street, but executives said the weak results don't mean Americans have less of an appetite for electronics.

June 16, 2010 12:00 am

Shoppers hand retailers a basket of Easter cash

NEW YORK | Shoppers are finally coming out of hibernation.

April 09, 2010 12:00 am

Retailers' stores thinly stocked

ATLANTA | Retailers have thin inventories after coming out of Christmas with slightly better-than-expected sales.

December 29, 2009 12:00 am

Online retailers rev up deals to keep up momentum

NEW YORK | Retail Web sites kept amping up the deals Monday, the first day after Thanksgiving weekend's strong online sales, to try to maintain the momentum.

December 01, 2009 12:00 am

Prices key for toy sellers with Santa on a budget

NEW YORK | Santa's on a budget this year.

October 04, 2009 12:00 am

Toys R Us makes its bets on holiday toys

NEW YORK | The nation's biggest toy-store chain is placing its holiday bets -- and because the stakes are high, the prices are lower.

September 25, 2009 12:00 am

Thrifty is the latest back-to-school trend

NEW YORK | Retailers are geared up for back-to-school shopping. But getting recession-weary parents similarly stoked -- now, that might be tricky.

August 02, 2009 12:00 am

U.S. retailers report May sales declines

NEW YORK | Although consumer confidence may be increasing, it's not showing up at the cash register yet. Many retailers posted disappointing May sales on Thursday, and food and necessities remained high on shoppers' lists.

June 05, 2009 12:00 am

Shoppers stay cautious, but sales declines ease

NEW YORK | March same-store sales fell for the sixth straight month, as consumers continued to shop cautiously and stick mostly to necessities such as food, but there were some glimmers of stabilization in retailers' reports on Thursday.

April 10, 2009 12:00 am

March sales likely weak, but could be moderating

NEW YORK (AP) -- Did shoppers splurge on spring outfits or gardening gear in March -- or keep their wallets shut?

April 08, 2009 12:00 am

Toy makers trim prices, production for 2009

NEW YORK | There will be fewer $250 dinosaurs and $180 robotic dogs on offer during the next holiday season as toy makers rein in production and trim prices in response to the weakest holiday season in decades.

February 11, 2009 12:00 am

Retailers offer deals, discounts on 'Cyber Monday'

NEW YORK | Retailers who saw Thanksgiving holiday sales drop off as the weekend progressed stepped up online promotions on the day known as "Cyber Monday" to try to get consumers tired of the crowds at stores to keep shopping.

December 02, 2008 12:00 am
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