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.

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.

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.

Last Holiday Shopping Weekend Keeps Retailers Edgy

December 22nd, 2008 by ConsumerBob


The deals were there and, by most accounts, so were the shoppers. But at the close of the final holiday shopping weekend, consumers confessed they were still nervous about buying. “This is going to be a poor Christmas,” said Dee Dobbins, a 31-year-old from Goldsboro, N.C., who finished her holiday shopping with money she’d received […]

Web Deals Create Procrastinators’ Paradise

December 20th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


This year’s dismal holiday shopping season is producing more peril than poetry for merchants hoping to eke out a profit, even for online retailers, who’d grown accustomed to seeing sales grow 25 percent or more each year.

Bright Spot In Retail Season Is Online Shopping

December 20th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


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

Struggling to Balance Your Budget? I.I.I. Offers Ways to Save Money on Your Auto Insurance in a Recession

December 17th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


With the Dow in the tank and the recession now “official”, finding ways to save money can be daunting. If you’re shopping for new auto insurance, or if you haven’t changed or updated your policy in the past year or two, check with your agent or insurance company representative – you may be surprised by […]