From $3.50 black-and-orange cupcakes to $45 Spartacus costumes, retailers make a bundle on Halloween – $2 billion on candy alone. For the economy, it's a bit of good news in scary times.
Consumer confidence remains at historically low levels, but retailers still expect a modest rise in holiday sales.
Congress is considering legislation that would punish China for devaluing its currency, a policy the Obama administration regards as hindering US jobs growth. But some say protectionism is even more costly.
Traditional back-to-school shopping is under way, and this year the average family is expected to spend $606 on back-to-school supplies.
Many states are implementing a tax holiday in the coming weeks, hoping to boost retail sales and let struggling families get more for their money in a down economy. Experts are divided as to whether the scheme actually drives more shoppers to make purchases
Father's Day spending is up this year. The recovery could use a little paternal love.
Retail sales for the week ending March 6 rose a robust 2.9 percent from a week earlier. Freed from snow and shovels, and ready for spring, shoppers bust loose.
The Obama administration on Tuesday asked US clothing companies to source 1 percent of their production from Haiti. The 'Plus One' effort is designed to help the earthquake-ravaged country get back on its feet.
Data released Monday show that online holiday sales skyrocketed – probably because many people on the East Coast stayed home to shop on a snowy ‘Super Saturday.’
Retailers took a hit on Christmas shopping sales because of the snowstorm, though online sales surged. The storm also took a financial toll on towns that had to dig into their snowplowing budget early.