National Retail Federation
The extension came after the union and an alliance of port operators and shipping lines resolved one of the stickier points in their months-long contract negotiations, involving royalty payments to the longshoremen for each container they unload.
This year, the 34th Street Partnership counted 21,966 shopping bags. The group counted 17,290 bags last year, marking a 27 percent increase this year.
Americans clicked away for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history.
For the overall holiday season, research firm comScore predicts online sales will be up 17 percent to $43.4 billion. And the firm expects online sales to surpass 10 percent of total retail spending this holiday season.
Shoppers hungry for deals were filling stores across the region, hoping to score big ticket items at small prices.
A big Thanksgiving tradition usually comes a day after the holiday, but now more and more stores are starting Black Friday on Thursday.
The dock workers at ports from Maine to Texas are in a contract dispute with shipping companies.
The clock is ticking and stores are coming closer to closing as Christmas Eve comes to an end. But as those hours wind down, so do the opportunities to buy last-minute Christmas gifts.
Over the past two years, gift card sales were starting to cool, but people are spending more now, and they’re getting protections from the government.
The northern New Jersey town will not let stores open two hours early on Black Friday.
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