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THE OWNERS OF Providence Place mall say Black Friday was "very exciting" in an apparent reference to a protest outside the mall by pro-Palestinian demonstrators that day. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With extra weekend of shopping before Christmas, R.I. retailers are buoyant

A record-breaking start to the holiday shopping season has given retailers the green light to expect high consumer demand through the end of the...

Cyber Monday marks the year’s biggest online shopping day

Consumers are scouring the internet for online deals as they begin to cap off the five-day post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza with Cyber Monday.  Even though e-commerce...

Retailers offer big deals for Black Friday but will shoppers spend? 

NEW YORK (AP) – Stores stepped up discounts and other enticements on Black Friday to entice shoppers holding out for the best deals. But retailers...

Shopping spree

Do you plan to shop on Black Friday or during Small Business Saturday? No: 60% Yes: 40% How soon do you begin holiday shopping? Early December: 60% November: 40% Last...
FEELING THE SPIRIT: Providence Place mall reported an increase in visitors to the mall in the first weekend of the holiday shopping season, placing the rise at about 3% above a year earlier. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Have you changed your holiday shopping habits this year?

Shoppers have returned to shops and malls in encouraging numbers in recent weeks. There are several likely reasons, including earlier than usual sales and a...

Holiday shopping season off to record start

PROVIDENCE - Despite concerns about hesitant shoppers, thousands flocked to shopping malls Nov. 25 in what many are calling the busiest Black Friday in...

Inflation hovers over holiday season shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers returned to familiar holiday shopping patterns but were weighed down by inflation this Black Friday after two seasons marked...

Businesses report smaller-than-usual weekend crowds, but strong sales

PROVIDENCE - After a difficult holiday season in 2020, small businesses are hoping to see sales begin to bounce back or exceed pre-pandemic norms...

Stores kick off Black Friday but pandemic woes linger

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last...
AFTER MONTHS of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores

NEW YORK (AP) – After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal...
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