CPSC Warns of Deadly Fire and Carbon Monoxide Hazards with Winter Home Heating

January 29th, 2009 by ConsumerBob


According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there have been more than 150 residential fires that resulted in more than 200 deaths since Thanksgiving. These statistics have led the USFA and fire chiefs to declare the holiday season and start of the new year as one of the deadliest in recent memory.

Retailers Overhaul Business As Consumers Pull Back

January 19th, 2009 by ConsumerBob


For years, retailers could afford to be sloppy about running their businesses because customers kept buying. No more. Stung by the worry that shoppers — who cut spending by the most dramatic amount in at least 39 years this the holiday season — may not start spending again for a long time, stores are making […]

Some Retailers Face Nightmare After Holiday Sales

December 30th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


The holiday season has turned quickly from a shopper’s paradise to an end-of-the-year nightmare for many retailers across the country.

Amazon Says 2008 Holiday Season Was ‘Best Ever’

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. called this holiday season its “best ever,” saying Friday that it saw a 17 percent increase in orders on its busiest day — a rare piece of good news in a season that has been far from merry for most retailers, including online businesses.

Holiday Season Magnifies Shoppers’ Frugality

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


After limping through a holiday season expected to be the worst in decades, the nation’s stores made it to Christmas with little to celebrate. For some merchants, the winter and beyond are likely to get even bleaker, because many Americans are too worried about their jobs and the recession to do much shopping.

Bright Spot In Retail Season Is Online Shopping

December 20th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


The holiday season isn’t looking all that merry for retailers.

CPSC Releases "Do’s and Don’ts" of Holiday Decorating

December 17th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


The holiday season is here and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to keep safety in mind as they decorate for the holidays. Flickering candles, blinking holiday lights and fragrant evergreens are beautiful staples of the holiday season, but when used improperly, these holiday decorating “must haves” can pose deadly dangers. […]

BBB Provides Consumers Six Ways to Save Money this Holiday Season

December 17th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


As the nation collectively tightens its belt this winter, many families are looking for ways to save money without sacrificing any of their holiday cheer. Better Business Bureau is providing advice on how consumers can cut down on spending and reduce household costs in their everyday lives without compromising the fun of the holiday season.

Go Green This Holiday Season without Going in the Red

December 17th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


You can help others this holiday season without breaking your budget. From planning your holiday meals so there aren’t excess leftovers to donating unwanted electronics to local charities, there are many ways you can save money and protect the environment.

CPSC Releases "Do’s and Don’ts" of Holiday Decorating

December 17th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


The holiday season is here and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to keep safety in mind as they decorate for the holidays. Flickering candles, blinking holiday lights and fragrant evergreens are beautiful staples of the holiday season, but when used improperly, these holiday decorating “must haves” can pose deadly dangers. […]