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SHOPPERS CARRY bags as they cross a street in San Francisco on Nov. 29. More people turned to online shopping during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping boost total sales. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year ago, according to early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That's down from last year, when total sales grew 5.1%. Online sales rose at a faster pace, up 18.8% from last year. / AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU

Online purchases make up a larger portion of overall holiday retail...

NEW YORK (AP) – More people did their shopping online this year during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping to...

Finding a deal

Do you regularly shop on Black Friday? No: 66.7% Yes: 33.3% Where do you do most of your holiday shopping? Online: 55.6% Brick-and-mortar stores: 44.4% Malls: 0% Other: 0% From whom do...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza has announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign for 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Will you make a point to shop local during the holiday...

The holiday shopping season is underway. One of the signature local kickoff events, Small Business Saturday Shop RI, will be held Nov. 30 at...
AMAZON.COM IS REPORTING a record-breaking holiday retail season, with hot-selling items ranging from Calvin Klein clothes to its Echo speakers. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO

Amazon’s record holiday shows consumers’ spending splurge

NEW YORK – Amazon.com Inc. reported a record-breaking holiday season as shoppers loaded their online baskets with items from Echo speakers to Calvin Klein...

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Did you shop on Black Friday or during Small Business Saturday? No: 62.5% Yes: 37.5% How soon do you begin holiday shopping? November: 50% Early December: 25% Last minute: 25% Where...
REAL WORLD CYBERMANIA: When all the counting is done, it looks like American shoppers likely spent nearly $8 billion on CyberMonday, part of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Where do you like to do your holiday gift buying? / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/ALEX KRAUS

How do you do your holiday shopping?

While the final numbers won't be in for a while, it appears that nearly 10 million fewer Americans shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,...

Small businesses are in holiday-sales game

Small businesses, locally owned and operated, have been fighting to keep their place amid growing pressure from online sales. Two weeks into the traditional holiday...
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