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Walmart Brings Back Layaway for the Holidays

Walmart is bringing back something its customers have been asking for since the Great Recession: layaway. The world's largest retailer, which ditched the pay-as-you-go plans in 2006, is rolling out a holiday layaway option from Oct. 17 through Dec. 16.

2011's Hottest Holiday Products: An Early Look

Christmas is four months away, and already the experts are weighing in on which holiday toys and gadgets will be worth the credit card debt. Online shopping comparison site PriceGrabber is one of the first to release a "top products" list of the items it predicts will be this year's hottest.

Sony Delays Release of Gran Turismo 5

The Gran Turismo 5 video game will not be released on Nov. 2 as scheduled, Sony (SNE) said. The video game will be made available during the holiday season, Sony said. The company said that Kazunori Yamouchi, the game%u2019s creator, is "creating the perfect racing experience."

Looking for a Seasonal Job?
Try Toys R Us

Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 temporary staff as it gears up for the holiday season. That%u2019s more staff than the company has hired in each of the last three holiday seasons and effectively doubles the company%u2019s domestic workforce, Toys R Us said in a statement.

Target Conservative in Holiday Season Expectations

Target Corp. (TGT) is conservative in its expectations of holiday spending this year. Target%u2019s CEO Gregg Steinhafel said that sluggish consumer spending an ailing economy may weaken holiday purchases, Reuters reported.

Sears Plans to Open Dozens of Toy Shops in Time for Holidays

Sears will open toys shops in 85 stores in key markets in a bid to attract shoppers in time for the holiday season. "We have a very aggressive plan for growing our toy business," Julia Fitzgerald, chief marketing officer for Sears' toy business told Reuters.

Apple May Unveil New Line of iPods Next Month

Apple Inc (AAPL) may introduce a new line of iPods at an event on Sept. 1. In recent years, the technology giant has used September events to unveil a new iPod in time for the holiday spending spree, Reuters reported. It frequently showcases new features for its iTunes online media store in September as well.

Gift cards deals to die for

To give, or not to give a gift card? No matter how impersonal it may seem, this holiday season it's a proposition that will be hard to resist....