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December Sales Will Warm Merchants' Hearts

Shoppers didn't disappoint merchants, buying presents at both low- and high-end prices, from jewelry to shoes. Most analysts predict sales will show year-over-year increases of 3% to 4% on Thursday, when major chains post December figures and holiday totals.

How to avoid gift card rip-offs

As we barrel on toward the holiday and gift-giving season, our friends at created this infographic to help us understand how to best use...

Gift card exchange: No more middlemen

If you're like the rest of us, you've got a few gift cards laying around, collecting dust and, in some cases, losing money month after month as they...

Free Sears gift card giveaway in NYC

If you are in New York City today, March 31, look for Sears representatives on Military Island in Times Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be...

More Stimulus Needed: Gift Cards for All?

A year ago, MarketWatch economist Irwin Kellner proposed an unconventional idea to jump-start the U.S. economy, and it was scoffed at and largely ignored by Washington and Wall Street. Too bad, because if it was used, perhaps the U.S. unemployment rate would be half what it is today.

Gift card trade hits new high

As gift cards have risen in popularity over the years (a whopping $87 billion of them were bought last year, according to research firm TowerGroup),...

Last-Minute Shopping Boosted Holiday Sales

It's official. When it comes to holiday shopping, we're a nation of procrastinators. Official tallies of holiday sales show the week of Christmas was golden for retailers, with sales rising over last year's numbers.