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Winter's Gloom Hasn't Kept Shoppers From Spending

The Commerce Department's retail and food services sales tally for January rose 7.8% from January 2010 and 0.3% from December. For the most part, merchants and manufacturers worked to line up wares that shoppers wanted at prices that attract consumers who are now more frugal.

Will You Be My (Financially Responsible) Valentine?

When Cupid slings his arrow, it can hit you right in the wallet. What's the economically challenged lovebird to do? Well, luckily, a sense of humor is still free. Here are some tips -- and some what-not-to-do's, including some of Ed Begley's ill-fated money-savers.

A Heartwarming Valentine's Day Sales Forecast

Valentine's Day sales should thrill the hearts of retailers this year: Spending for the day is forecast to top $18.6 billion, a 5.8% jump in spending over 2010. That amounts to about $125 per person taking part in the holiday for lovers.

Amazon's Plan to Save You From Unwanted Gifts

While it may sound more Scrooge than Santa Claus, Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, has filed a patent for technology that would allow customers to return -- or "convert" -- gifts they don't like, even before they actually arrive.

Holiday Shoppers Keep Their Plastic in Their Pockets

Retail sales have perked up in November and December, but consumers aren't resuming their old habit of using credit cards to splurge on gifts. According to a new poll, more than half of American adults say they're sticking with cash this holiday shopping season.

Amazon's Holiday Gift to E-Shoppers

Just ahead of holiday shopping season, Amazon has added a smart new gift-giving option. Whereas before, customers could give Kindle e-readers as gifts, now actual e-books can be added to holiday shopping lists and gifted to others, whether they have a Kindle or not.