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December Deals and Duds

Save on traditionally high-priced items, and find out which products you should avoid buying during the month of December.

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Buys

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to get deals. Here are some tips on how to navigate the bargains on each day so you can get the most out of your holiday shopping.

Mark Your Calendar: Special Holiday Sales

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for offering the best deals, but a new crop of shopping days are presenting even bigger discounts. Find out when to shop here.

How Kohl's Plans to Lure You in for the Holidays

Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell thinks he knows the holiday-season recipe that can pull his retail chain out of the slump it has been in lately. The key ingredients: rock bottom prices and more exclusive designer collections.

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Gives Lift in Finale

Last minute shoppers gave merchants a solid lift during the final week before Christmas, according to a report from a mall trade group Wednesday. Revenue at stores open at least a year rose 0.9 percent for the week ended Saturday compared with the previous week.

Bad Holiday Sales Leads to Sears, Kmart Store Closings

Sears Holdings on Tuesday reported a sharp drop in holiday sales compared to a year ago, and said the results will force it to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores. The company said the stores to be closed have yet to be identified.

Savings Experiment: Post-Holiday Sales

Soon enough, the holidays will have come and gone. You'll have given, you'll have received; it will then be time to cash in. The best deals fall between Christmas and the new year, so when you go to return those itchy yellow polka-dotted wool socks, get yourself something you'll really enjoy instead. Here are the top five post-holiday purchases.

Top Retail Trade Group Upgrades Holiday Forecast

With the final Christmas countdown begun, the National Retail Federation has upgraded its holiday sales forecast, reflecting growing optimism that much more spending is to come. The NRF now expects holiday sales to rise 3.8% to a record $469.1 billion. That's up from its more modest 2.8 percent forecast made in early October, though it's hardly stellar.

Retailers Shouldn't Expect Much Holiday Cheer

The holiday shopping season is looking pretty bleak for retailers. Best Buy recently announced that it plans to hire fewer holiday workers than it did last year, and now new data from the consumer research group NPD suggests that Best Buy won't be the only chain stuck in a holiday sales rut.

Father's Day: Real Holiday or Just a Retail Holiday?

As America's hard-working, actively parenting dads prepare to unwrap their gifts of grills, barbecue mitts and ties, it's worth asking if Father's Day is a genuine holiday, designed to honor them, or just retail event designed to help the economy through the rough patch between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

February Retail Sales: Slow but Steady

Most forecasts expect February will show 3% growth or better over the same time last year when major merchants report monthly tallies on Thursday. One things seems clear: Higher-end households were more willing to spend than lower- and middle-income ones.

Xbox Shortages May Run Through February

Microsoft sold out of its Xbox video-game console in late December thanks to strong holiday-season demand, and may have product shortages in January and February as well, as the company's Kinect motion-sensor device has boosted the popularity of the system, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

TJX to Cut 4,400 Jobs, Eliminate A.J. Wright Brand

The TJX Companies announced Friday that it was shutting down its A.J. Wright brand, converting 91 of its 162 stores to those of its other brands -- T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods -- and closing the rest. The move will eliminate 4,400 jobs, about half of them part-time positions.

Holiday Hiring Takes a Hit, Despite a Brighter Economy

Retailers and shipping companies are adding fewer new jobs than they did a year ago. One reason for the low number is that employers began shopping for seasonal workers earlier than usual, boosting hiring in October. If retail sales hold up, December could see more hiring.

Overspending: A Tale of Christmas Past

Overspending during the holidays can ruin your finances for months. Read how writer Zoe FitzGerald Carter learned to create more Christmas magic for her family by spending less.

A Dose of Bah, Humbug for Holiday Sales Growth

Major retailers are reporting healthy gains in November revenues, adding more evidence that holiday sales will be significantly higher than last year. But reading that as a sign of a wider economic recovery may be giving too much credit to what turns out to be a tiny sliver of U.S. GDP.

Adjusting to Retailing's New Reality: Cautious Shoppers

It means more shoppers are in stores, but they're also spending more carefully. That's not necessarily bad news for the holiday season. It's just that retailers have accepted they'll have to work hard this year to keep registers ringing.

Inventories Rise 0.9%, Suggesting Stronger Growth Ahead

In a sign that holiday sales season will be better than initially expected, business inventories rose 0.9% in September as companies re-stocked their shelves for the nation's busiest shopping period. The increase also suggests that third-quarter U.S. GDP growth figures may be revised upward.

Kohl's Third-Quarter Earnings Meet Street Estimates

Kohl%u2019s Corp. (KSS) reported earnings of 63 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 30, unchanged from a year earlier. The operator of department stores said net sales rose 4.1% to $4.2 billion. Sales at stores open at least one year rose 1.8%, the company said in a statement.

Wholesale Inventories Climb Twice as Much as Expected

U.S. wholesale inventories rose 1.5% in September, and when combined with a more-optimistic outlook by U.S. CEOs, the data suggest suppliers and businesses expect slightly better holiday sales this year than in 2009.

Amazon: Lots of Help Wanted for the Holidays

Amazon has positions to fill in three fulfillment centers in two states. It's joining other retailers such as Toys 'R' Us and Kohl's is adding scads of temporary hires for 2010 holiday sales crunch -- the most since 2007.

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.