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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...

Consumers more confident in November as holiday shopping season kicks into...

After declining for three straight months, American consumer confidence ticked up in November as the all-important holiday shopping season kicks into high gear.  The Conference...

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...

Retail sales rise 0.6% in August largely due to a spike...

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans stepped up retail spending modestly from July to August as the price of gasoline jumped, cutting into budgets as...
IF YOU BOUGHT an unsuccessful gift this holiday season with a “buy now, pay later” plan, you or the recipient might soon be wondering how to return it. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIA NIKHINSON

Buy now, pay later can make gift returns trickier

Shoppers who used “buy now, pay later” to help finance gifts this holiday season may soon encounter an unwelcome surprise: returns can be more...
A SHOPPER EYES the merchandise at a retail store in Glenview, Ill. earlier this month. Holiday sales rose at the fastest pace in 17 years, even as shoppers grappled with higher prices, product shortages and a raging new COVID-19 variant in the last few weeks of the season, according to one spending measure. / AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Despite supply issues and omicron, holiday sales rise 8.5%

Holiday sales rose at the fastest pace in 17 years, even as shoppers grappled with higher prices, product shortages and a raging new COVID-19...
DOMENIC SCHIAVONE, RIGHT, Warwick Mall general manager, says more shoppers have hit the stores earlier in the holiday shopping season this year because of question marks surrounding the supply chain and the new variant of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will new COVID-19 variant, supply-chain worries alter holiday shopping season?

Fears that retailers might not be able to restock shelves and that a new COVID-19 variant will curtail public gatherings and activities have apparently...
’TIS THE SEASON: Holiday knick-knacks are displayed at a Macy’s department store on Oct. 1 in Denver. Stores are trying to attract earlier holiday shoppers as a way to reduce crowding during the COVID-19 ­pandemic.  / AP PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Retailers start holiday season earlier than ever

NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the...
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