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Fewer than half of Americans who have rewards credit cards are planning to shop either online or in-store on Black Friday this year. That’s one of the conclusions of the latest edition of Capital One’s quarterly Rewards Barometer tracking study, which seeks to measure consumer attitudes among those with rewards plastic from all credit card companies. Rewards credit cards and seasonal spending Other headline findings from the report, published Nov. 14, include: Most (58 percent) of holders of rewards credit cards intend to maintain their 2012 holiday spending at 2011 levels — although, as the saying goes, the road to […]

Welcome to OnSalet at Business, where we look at cool deals and insane bargains. Shop early to score great deals for those who have Samsung electronics on their wish lists. Find great home goods, apparel and toys on sale — before Thanksgiving — at Kohl’s. If you’re giving gift cards this year, why not give one that gives back? And build your holiday party playlist with ridiculously cheap MP3 albums at Amazon. Samsung Sale Samsung is offering some sweet Black Friday deals between now and Nov. 26, making sure you have plenty of time to get great goods at a […]

You know the routine. Right after the pie is served and Thanksgiving officially begins to shift from feasting to forced family fraternizing, you begin the Black Friday mental checklist. Food and water? Cellphone charged? A map with a prioritized game plan? Health insurance and car insurance cards handy, just in case things get rough? You’re not backpacking the Appalachian Trail or driving across the desert, you assure your family as you strap up and head for the door. You’re going shopping, and it’s what the pilgrims would have wanted. Black Friday is now a post-turkey ritual, as hordes of Americans […]

For better or worse, Black Friday is an American institution. But despite its runaway popularity – a record 226 million shoppers visited a store or website during the 2011 weekend, according to the National Retail Federation – Black Friday can easily turn frustrating and costly for shoppers who don’t plan properly. These 10 steps can lead to a disastrous Black Friday. The alternative tips, on the other hand, may prove useful if you’d like to avoid the “disastrous” part. Sure, it’s wonderful to sit down to turkey and all the fixings with your loved ones. But this is precious time […]

Bob Greene says earlier Black Friday store hours this year may lure people away from Thanksgiving gatherings. Is it worth it?Bob Greene: Holiday season too commercialized? No, Black Friday has become a holidayHe says it has the markings: it’s observed across nation, people take day off to congregateHe says, yes, it brings people into stores in a down economy, but cost of this unsettlingGreene: Is getting a deal on a TV worth rushing from home, hearth, family at Thanksgiving?Editor’s note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a bestselling author whose 25 books include “Late Edition: A Love Story”; “Chevrolet Summers, Dairy […]

With Black Friday just a few days away, now is the time for shoppers to prepare to take advantage of all the rock-bottom deals. Gone are the days when retailers kept their door buster deals secret to the last minute. More stores continue to leak this year’s bargains nearly every day, allowing shoppers to adopt an efficient and cost-savings Black Friday game plan. “There’s more to tackling Black Friday deals than battling long lines,” says consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. “A plan and some much-needed prep work will get you ahead of the rest, even with a belly full of […]

President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a statement on Friday afternoon on efforts to strengthen the economy and avoid the fiscal cliff, the White House announced Thursday. Experts said that Obama will want to respond to House Speaker John Boehner, who will be holding a press conference earlier in the day. Boehner and other key congressional participants in the debate over fiscal policy have sent mixed signals since the election, on the one hand sounding conciliatory but also sounding dug-in on existing positions. For instance, Boehner said Wednesday that new revenue is acceptable to Republicans under the right conditions […]

NEW YORK In a sign the holiday season is still full of uncertainty for retailers, department store chain Kohl’s Corp. shares fell 2.7% to $ 52.86 on Thursday after it reported a disappointing fourth-quarter outlook. It also cut its guidance for the year. Its rival, Macy’s Inc. , inched up 0.2%. The retailer raised its full-year outlook on Wednesday. J.C. Penney Co. , due to report on Friday, fell 1.3%. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. inched up 0.5%. The retail giant said it’s unveiling its so-called Black Friday deals earlier than ever, kicking them off two hours earlier than last year at […]

The Labor Department said it will release the jobs report as scheduled on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. The agency had previously said it was intending to do so after a federal government shutdown for two days in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

It’s still more than a month away, but retailers are gearing up for their Black Friday sales, and the discount predictions are rolling in. Black Friday marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and hitting the stores at the break of dawn still in a Turkey coma has become part of the festivities. Even with the struggling economic recovery, retailers are expecting a strong turnout and high sales numbers. Last year, 225 million shoppers spent $ 52.4 billion over Black Friday weekend both in stores and online. The mega-shopping day originally got its name for being the day […]

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