Stories tagged: Holiday shopping
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 11:03 a.m.
Holiday shopping: Desire for deals, but some impulse buying
As shoppers have bought TVs and toys so far this holiday season, they’ve shown a desire for deals but also an inclination for some impulse spending, retail experts say.
Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 7 a.m.
Small Business Saturday draws focus on hand-crafted items, Spokane-area merchants
U.S. consumers will spend billions of dollars on holiday gifts this year. When some of that money trickles into small retail establishments, it has an outsized effect on the local …
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
This holiday season, mom-and-pop shops threaten the mall
More bad news for America’s shopping malls: Consumers are shopping closer to home. And increasingly, home is not where the malls are.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:17 a.m.
Target sees highly competitive holiday on the way
A cautious outlook on the crucial holiday season overshadowed progress Target made in bringing more customers to its stores, pulling its shares down sharply. The shares of other retailers fell …
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:01 p.m.
Retail sales up 7.3 percent in Spokane County at end of 2016
Shoppers in a holiday spending mood boosted taxable retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 across Washington, including the Spokane area.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 7:11 a.m.
Retail malaise puts pressure on chains to shutter more stores
Reeling from a shaky holiday season and slowing mall traffic, U.S. retailers are facing increasing pressure to close stores as more of their business migrates to the internet.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 11:20 a.m.
Amazon reports best holiday yet with record orders for Echo
Amazon.com said it had its best holiday season yet, having shipped more than 1 billion items through its Prime and Fulfillment services, and receiving a record number of orders for …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Deep breath, here’s a few ideas for last-minute shopping
This last-minute guide will help procrastinators get gifts for the special people in their lives.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
Retail hiring in Spokane area grows ahead of the holiday season
Retail hiring added a little bit of cheer to the local economy last month, with stores adding about 500 new workers in advance of the busy holiday season.
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016
You may loathe this frigid weather – but certain retailers love it
More than a few retail industry executives probably feel that icy chill and think, “this is terrific.”
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016
Consumer Confidential: Scams can turn holiday glee to gloom
As the Black Friday shopping spree spilled over into Cyber Monday, the FBI warned consumers to watch out for “increasingly aggressive and creative scams” that will make your holidays considerably …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 2:37 p.m.
Four changes shoppers will see as they buy on their phones
Shoppers buying on their phones this holiday season will see new ways stores are making it easier and faster as they try to lock in sales before people swipe to …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Cyber Monday transforms as shoppers are more connected
The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list – but a one-day …
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 12:03 p.m.
Black Friday crowds smaller than expected
Friday morning turned out to be just right for shoppers who don’t like crowds.
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 6:42 p.m.
Tips for getting deals for the Black Friday weekend
Serious deal-seekers are already planning their Thanksgiving weekend shopping, and experts believe that once again the holiday itself may offer better deals than Black Friday the day afterward.
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 6:45 p.m.
In a tight market, stores lure holiday workers with perks
Retailers are dangling perks like higher pay, extra discounts and more flexible schedules to lure temporary holiday workers in a tighter labor market. Stores across Washington are expected to hire …
Sun., Dec. 6, 2015, 4:27 p.m.
Small retailers get creative when holiday sales turn slow
With the Thanksgiving weekend behind them and the big final rush of holiday shopping still to come, independent retailers have to get creative to bring customers in during the slowest …
Fri., Nov. 27, 2015, 3:44 p.m.
Super Bowl of shopping is more like a scrimmage
NEW YORK – The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over. Gone are the throngs of frenzied shoppers camping out for days ahead of the big …
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014, 7:32 a.m.
Target: Data breach caught up to 70M customers
NEW YORK — Target says that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas …
Fri., Dec. 27, 2013
Spokane retailers both cautious, merry on season’s success
A holiday shopping season that could be described as marginal to fair for retailers continued Thursday with returns, exchanges and post-Christmas markdowns. Lyn Lukich often shops on Dec. 26, and …
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013, 7:36 a.m.
Target: 40M card accounts may be breached
Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high …
Fri., Nov. 29, 2013
Some shoppers opt for Thanksgiving Day deals
Normally, Lisa Thompson is pulling a turkey out of the oven at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day while her extended family gathers for a leisurely afternoon of feasting. This year, …
Fri., Nov. 15, 2013
Wal-Mart disappointed by pre-holiday sales
LOS ANGELES – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday reported lower-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue and another drop in a key U.S. sales figure. The retail giant also reduced its full-year forecast …
Wed., Dec. 19, 2012, 12:42 p.m.
Discounts abound as stores try to salvage season
NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never. This holiday shopping season, many stores haven’t been offering the same blockbuster deals as they …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
Facebook users hit ‘like,’ stores jump into action
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook isn’t just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what’s in stores during this holiday …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012, 8:53 p.m.
Man fires some 50 shots at Calif. mall parking lot
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man was arrested Saturday after firing about 50 shots in the parking lot of a Southern California shopping mall, prompting a lockdown of stores …
Fri., Dec. 14, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
Holiday shoppers may see big discounts soon
NEW YORK (AP) — If shoppers don’t show up in stores soon, more “70 percent off” sale signs will. After a promising start to the holiday shopping season over the …
Wed., Dec. 12, 2012, 7:24 a.m.
Police: Ore. mall shooter didn’t know 2 he killed
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who opened fire on shoppers at a Portland mall had no connection to the two people he fatally shot and wanted to kill as …
Wed., Dec. 12, 2012, 5:52 a.m.
Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; gunman, 2 dead
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A suburban Portland mall remains closed Wednesday a day after a gunman wearing camouflage and a mask opened fire on shoppers, killing two people and wounding …
Wed., Dec. 12, 2012, 12:41 a.m.
Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mall Santa was waiting for the next child’s Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos. About to invite …