Stories tagged: Shopping
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 1 p.m.
Online shopping makes it easier for consumers, but returns are still a hassle
E-commerce purchases can be made with little effort, but shoppers say the returns are almost never as straightforward.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 1:14 p.m.
Holiday sales may have jumped 4.9% in biggest gain since 2005
Holiday shoppers abandoned their early reluctance and boosted spending as the season wore on, pushing U.S. sales to the biggest increase in more than a decade, according to research firm …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 7:59 p.m.
Drone sales soaring this Christmas, capping a record year for the industry
Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? It’s not too late to buy a drone, the gift that 1 in 5 people say they’d like to receive and that 1.2 …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 12:23 p.m.
Moscow Shop with a Cop event brings joy to Idaho children
About 15 local law enforcement officers could be seen inside the Moscow Wal-Mart on Saturday morning, and it was not because a huge crime had been reported.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
In defense of the last-minute shopper
You people who finished your Christmas shopping long ago tend to look down on last-minute gift buyers. Don’t deny it.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 8:34 a.m.
Retail sales increased less than forecast in November
Sales at U.S. retailers rose less than forecast in November, representing a pause in spending after robust gains in the previous two months.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 10:16 a.m.
U.S. consumer spending, incomes rose in October
U.S. consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted …
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 …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 9:46 a.m.
Bargain hunters roil retailers looking for Black Friday bounce
Thrifty U.S. consumers carefully picked over Black Friday discounts during the four-day weekend, leaving retailers with less money in their registers and a lukewarm kickoff to the holiday season.
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 8:42 p.m.
Shoppers show up big for Black Friday sales at Cascade Mall
Past shooting at Burlington, Wash., mall doesn’t slow shoppers from taking on Black Friday.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 3 p.m.
Holiday price war intensifies as Wal-Mart, Target pursue Amazon
Wal-Mart, Target and other brick-and-mortar chains are counting on heavier discounts and a bigger online selection to keep up with Amazon.com this holiday season.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 6:58 a.m.
Shoppers hunt for deals, hit the shops for entertainment
Shoppers were on the hunt for deals and were at the stores for entertainment Friday as malls opened for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, …
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 5 a.m.
Black Friday or Apple Cup? You can do both
There are deals to be had in stores during Black Friday sales, but there’s just one tiny problem this year. The Apple Cup.
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, 7:28 p.m.
Some gobble down turkey, then shop to start holiday season
Thanksgiving Day, rather than the day afterward, has become the start of the holiday shopping season in a shift that delights some and disgusts others.
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, 6:54 a.m.
Holiday shopping? Bring these 4 money-saving apps with you
If you’re looking to save a few bucks at the mall while holiday shopping, charge up the smartphone and bring these apps with you.
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016
Black Friday has spread way beyond one day; here’s what you need to know
You’ve seen the TV commercials promising “Black Friday prices now!” for the last couple of weeks and online retailers have bombarded your email inbox with special deals and free holiday …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
Wal-Mart getting jump on Cyber Monday; will start sales Friday
NEW YORK – Cyber Monday is starting earlier and earlier. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it’s kicking off its so-called “Cyber Monday” deals at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday for …
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016
Major retailers mixed on embracing Thanksgiving hours
This year, a number of chains kept their Thanksgiving plans under wraps, which heightened speculation that turkey day might be reverting to its shop-free roots.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 2:01 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day shopping is here to stay – with some tweaks
Thanksgiving Day shopping – a delight to some, an anathema to others – isn’t going away, but some stores are rethinking their strategies on whether it makes sense to be …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Target plays up value for the holiday season
From a Broadway-style marketing campaign to more exclusive toys, Target wants to lure shoppers during the final critical months of the year. More importantly, though, it needs to convince shoppers …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
Mall of America bucks trend by closing on Thanksgiving
Bucking the trend in recent years of Black Friday shopping encroaching into Thanksgiving, the nation’s biggest mall has decided not to open on the holiday this year
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016
Froma Harrop: Cities see interplay of clicks and bricks
Suburban retailing feeling the weight on online shopping and overbuilding.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 1:40 p.m.
How big box stores look to hook college students – for life
It’s back-to-college season, which means retailers are battling to equip as many of America’s freshmen with laptops, futons and minifridges as they can. In the flood of deals and discounts, …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 12:27 p.m.
World Trade Center mall reopens, shows progress since 9/11
The re-opening of the World Trade Center mall Tuesday, is expected to help transform downtown Manhattan shopping and illustrate how much progress has been made in rebuilding and revitalizing the …
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 8:32 p.m.
Reports of gunshots in bustling mall: chaos, people running
Witness reports of gunshots ringing out inside a busy North Carolina mall caused chaos Saturday afternoon as shoppers ran screaming for the doors or sheltered in stores while dozens of …
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
‘From trails to cocktails,’ active wear hot at outdoor show
Once an afterthought in the historically male-dominated outdoor retail industry, women have become a sought-after force with companies vying to tap into a market that has grown to $4.6 billion …
Mon., June 20, 2016, 12:14 p.m.
Wal-Mart partners with China’s No. 2 e-commerce site
Wal-Mart is partnering with China’s No. 2 e-commerce site as the world’s largest retailer seeks dominance in the extraordinarily lucrative, but increasingly competitive online marketplace.
Thu., Nov. 26, 2015, 12:51 p.m.
Free bus rides on Black Friday
The Spokane Transit Authority is giving free bus rides on all routes Friday.
Sat., Nov. 29, 2014
Earlier store opening times thin Black Friday crowd
Spokane retailers had no shortage of shoppers on Black Friday, but the long lines and early morning mad dashes to buy coveted merchandise are now the exception, not the norm. …