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  • Steer clear of debt in holiday shopping season

    Black Friday deals are starting early this year, and that means more pressure to spend spend spend. As the holiday shopping season expands and retailers make impulse buys ever-easier via …


  • Wal-Mart and Target: A tale of 2 discounters

    NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, the biggest discount chains in the U.S. will tell the tale of two very different shoppers: those that have and those that have …


  • BBB: Smart holiday shoppers should do their homework first

    Who likes shopping? With the Black Friday melee just around the corner, everyone is starting to think about finding the best bargains on Christmas presents. People search high and low …


  • Holiday sales expected to rise 4.1 percent in 2012

    NEW YORK — Americans are expected to spend more during what’s traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they’re not exactly ready to shop ‘til they drop like …


  • Last-minute holiday shopping gives lift in finale

    The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons split by a big lull.


  • Shopping’s siren call

    Kathi Nygaard left her home in Potlatch, Idaho, with a carefully scripted Christmas shopping list: Pots, pans and a Magic Bullet blender for her 20-year-old son, who’s getting ready to …


  • Sharp shoppers balancing economy, spirit of season

    Snowfall and slick roads didn’t slow down many Spokane shoppers who flocked to stores Saturday – the last Saturday before Christmas – to do holiday shopping. Some said they are …


  • Local retailers ready to cure shoppers’ ‘frugality fatigue’

    Penn Fix, president of Dodson’s Jewelers in downtown Spokane, just finished a good week. On Tuesday a customer visited his family-owned jewelry store and left after buying a $14,000 diamond …


  • December retail sales show signs of life

    Last-minute holiday shoppers brought relief to the nation’s retailers, handing them modest sales gains for the season and prompting several chains to raise their fourth-quarter profit outlooks.


  • Online retailers rev up deals to keep up momentum

    Retail Web sites kept amping up the deals Monday, the first day after the Thanksgiving holiday, to try to maintain the long weekend’s strong online sales.


  • Pet owners plan to find purr-fect gift

    LOS ANGELES – Dogs across the country can expect some bone-shaped presents under the Christmas tree this year. An Associated Press-Petside.com poll shows 52 percent of pet owners plan to …


  • Consumer group warns about toy hazards

    Holiday shoppers should look out for toy hazards such as small parts, loud sounds, soft plastics and lead contamination, consumer advocates warned today.


  • Stores strategize in light of last year’s difficult holiday season

    Retailers across the region have just one wish: Whatever else happens, please spare us a winter like last year. Consumers are still in a cautious state of mind, but store …


  • Weekend craft fairs attract seasonal shoppers

    Craft shows, the unofficial start of the holiday season, swelled to a crescendo Saturday, leaving tired shoppers recovering across the Inland Northwest. All together, more than 15 arts and crafts …


  • The craftier, the merrier

    Crafts shows, the official start of the holiday season, swelled to a crescendo Saturday, leaving tired shoppers recovering across the Inland Northwest. All together, more than 15 arts and crafts …


  • Sales slow to a crawl

    Not even Santa showed up for work Thursday. Most days, the downtown Santa at River Park Square’s Christmas photo station is swarmed by parents and kids. Santa was probably taking …


  • Enticements to buy

    Most big retailers count on the fourth quarter to produce the year’s highest sales. But this year’s fourth quarter might be one of the worst in memory, retail representatives say. …


  • Enticing the spenders

    Most big retailers count on the fourth quarter to produce the year’s highest sales. But this year’s fourth quarter might be one of the worst in memory, retail representatives say. …


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