holiday sales

Apple Pumps Up Headcount in Retail Division

Apple jacked up the number of full-time employees working in its retail division by 61% to 26,500 in its fiscal year that just closed. The move came as Apple rolled out its new addition to the i-line -- the iPad -- and retooled its iPhone with video chat, which helped to drive sales in the stores.

More Holiday Shopping Will Move Online in 2010

Online sales during the holiday season are likely to exceed their 2009 levels as shoppers shift away from shopping at some brick-and-mortar operations such as electronics and warehouse stores, said market research firm The NPD Group in a report Wednesday.

Sony Sees 'Very, Very Strong' Christmas Gaming Sales in Europe

Sony Corp (SNE) forecast "very, very strong" holiday sales for its video-game consoles in Europe, with high demand for the PlayStation 3. Andrew House, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said that European sales will help Sony exceed its target of selling 15 million PS3s in its fiscal year.

Apple iPad Hits AT&T Stores, Finally

Apple is kicking off iPad sales at AT&T stores Thursday, a move that took a surprisingly long time given that Apple has already allowed other major retailers to offer the popular tablet computer for months.

Kohl's to Hire 40,000 Temps for the Holiday Season

Retailer Kohl's said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 40,000 temporary workers during this year's holiday season at stores, distribution centers and credit operations nationwide -- 7,000 more than last year. The shopping season this year has been forecast to be stronger than it was in 2009.

Borders Will Pop Up Temporary Shops for the Holidays

Borders, the nation's second-largest book retailer, is trying a new tactic to gain a much-needed sales boost heading into the end of year shopping season: It's opening 25 "pop-up" shops meant to last only for the holidays, the company announced Tuesday.

TV prices falling for Black Friday

Just in time for Black Friday, the prices of LCD TVs are expected to plummet. According to two independent research firms -- DisplaySearch and...

Bookstore Holiday Sales Lag Behind Overall Retail Picture

With the holidays behind us, and customers redeeming their gift cards, big-box bookstores are taking stock of how they fared, compared with the overall positive holiday retail sales picture. Things were bad for Barnes & Noble big-box and Books-a-Million midsize stores.

Stocks in the News: Kraft Foods, Cadbury, Google, Ford

News that could affect stock prices today: Kraft's Cadbury bid gets slim support from shareholders; Google releases its Nexus One smart phone; Ford, Toyota, Honda reported improved December sales; retailers saw strong finish to the year.

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.

Retailers Are Merrier after Holiday Sales Rise

Holiday sales grew a stronger than forecast 3.6% in 2009, offering a present to retailers still struggling from last year's devastating drop. Now inventories are heading up, suggesting an even better 2010.

Good news? Holiday spending to be flat

Holiday sales are expected to be flat in the United States this year. This is an improvement over last year, when holiday sales dropped 2.4 percent....