Black Friday sales

Why You Should Skip Black Friday

Black Friday is known for its mega deals, but stores can be deceptive with their sales tactics. Here are ways to preserve your budget this shopping season.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Schools Nintendo Wii U in the Sales Game

Nintendo has sold 400,000 Wii U consoles since the system's Nov. 18 launch, plus another 300,000 original Wii units last week. But Microsoft is still the gaming king: Its Xbox 360 outsold both systems combined, moving 750,000 consoles during the Black Friday holiday weekend.

Pop Quiz: A Brief and Bizarre History of Black Friday

As we head into the retail combat that is Black Friday, we wanted to reflect on where annual shopping frenzy came from, and recap some of the worst tales to come out of it. With that in mind, we offer our Black Friday Pop Quiz.

November Sales Put Retailers in a Merry Mood

Major retailers got an early Christmas present this year: Better-than expected November sales. The nation's largest merchants posted 6% sales growth in November compared to 2009, far ahead of the 3% to 4% growth forecast by most analysts. But holiday shoppers are expected to continue their bargain hunting in December.

Black Friday Weekend Sales Hit $45 Billion

Shoppers spent a total of $45 billion over the Black Friday weekend, with the average shopper raising their spending by 6.4%. A total of 212 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the weekend, compared with 195 million last year, the National Retail Federation said. The average shopper spent $365.34, compared with $343.31 a year earlier.

Borders' New 'Low Price Promise' Fades in the Fine Print

Borders, the nation's second-largest bookstore chain, has struggled for years due to competition from both fellow bricks-and-mortar outlets and online booksellers. It's latest move to combat that is an offer to match the competition's prices -- but the program's limits doom it failure.

Black Friday: Debit card 'don'ts'

Even though the most recent consumer credit reports show credit card debt is declining, consumer's debit cards are getting quite a workout. Debit...