Multiple Brands of Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream Recalled as Part of Nationwide Peanut Corporation of America Recall(January 31)

February 2nd, 2009 by ConsumerBob

The products were sold at some SUPERVALU-owned stores including bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, and Shoppers Food and Pharmacy in all of the states where they operate. The identified items have not been directly linked to the salmonella outbreak and there have been no reported cases of the illness. However, because the safety of […]

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 […]

Retailers Face Bleak 2009

January 1st, 2009 by ConsumerBob

Preliminary reports show the number of shoppers who visited stores during Christmas week was down nearly five percent, and foot traffic down 16 percent. It’s expected to be the first drop in holiday shopping in 40 years.

Retailers Slash Prices In Desperate Bid For Sales

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob

As stores offered rock-bottom prices and extended return policies, shoppers returned to the malls the day after Christmas. But many were on the hunt for big bargains on specific items or hoping to return unwanted gifts — not looking to splurge. Many retailers opened before 6 a.m., offering deals like 50 percent to 75 percent […]

Post-Christmas Shopping Rivals Black Friday

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob

Some are calling this “Black Friday Two.” By the looks of the crowds, Friday’s shopping rivaled the day after Thanksgiving. All over the country retailers put on huge sales to lure shoppers in.

Bargain-Hunters Avoid Troublesome Gift Cards

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob

Price-conscious shoppers became savvy bargain-hunters, realizing they could give bigger and better gifts by taking advantage of unprecedented discounts rather than by spending a set amount on gift cards, which had been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years. Practically everything took a backseat to price.

Tips For Post-Xmas Shopping And Specials

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob

Stores are desperate to get shoppers inside the doors even after Christmas.

‘Tis the Season For Last-Minute Shopping

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob

The shopping season is just beginning for millions of procrastinators. We’re talking about the last minute shoppers.

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.

Worst Holiday Spending Season, Deeper Discounts

December 22nd, 2008 by ConsumerBob

If only the nation’s retailers had a Santa they could whisper their wishes to most would be asking for more shoppers like Casey Erickson. Although the flooring installer is pinching pennies this shopping season, he’s still managing to spend a few dollars.