holiday spending

Dangerous Toys: What to Leave Off Your 2011 Gift List

Safety standards for toys have been in place for decades, but this year's Trouble in Toyland report from U.S. PIRG reveals that some new toys still hold hidden risks. What should you avoid to protect your child from toxic chemicals and choking hazards? Read on...

Holiday Shopping: Self-Gifting Is On the Rise

Recession-scarred shoppers are tired of cutting back, and they're ready to give in to their pent up spending impulses, experts say. So after a few years of austerity, this holiday season, many people are going to be splurging a bit more on presents for themselves.

Super-Rich to Boost Holiday Spending

With the economy still on life support, many Americans are planning on tightening their Christmas budgets this year. Not the super rich, however. Families with discretionary incomes of $250,000 and up are planing on boosting their holiday spending by 7% to an average of $2,708, according to a new survey.

NRF Forecasts a So-So Holiday Season for Retailers

The National Retail Federation is forecasting a less cheerful holiday season for America's stores, which means shoppers can expect to scoop up big discounts as retailers work harder to get cash registers ringing. But if you want the hottest gifts, you might want to buy early.

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.

U.S. Economy to Remain Weak in 2011, Survey Says

The U.S. economy will remain weak in 2011 as companies limit hiring and consumers restrict spending, according to a survey of economists. GDP will grow by 2.6% in 2011 after increasing by 2.7% this year, according to the median forecast of 51 economist surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics.

Where Shopping Is Going Strong: Online

ComScore reports online retail spending rose 9% year-over-year in the third quarter. Such positive growth -- the fourth straight quarter of increasing cyberspending -- going into the fourth quarter could bode well for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

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.

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....