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Anonymous donations pay off $70K in layaway purchases

Dec. 13, 2019 1:59 PM EST

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Walmart shoppers in Alabama got a happy holiday surprise when donations paid off $70,000 in layaway purchases at two stores, the company said Friday. Someone paid off $45,000 in purchases at a store in the east Alabama city of Anniston on Monday, according to Casey Staheli, a...

Tips for using flexible spending dollars before year's end

Dec. 11, 2019 4:33 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Still have money set aside for medical expenses that you need to spend by the end of the year? There are plenty of ways to meet the deadline for flexible spending accounts, and you don't need to buy big-ticket items. You can use up the balance on everyday purchases like bandages and...

Santa, soldiers bring joy to beleaguered Alaska village

Dec. 11, 2019 2:27 PM EST

NAPAKIAK, Alaska (AP) — A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps. “Napakiak...

Millennial Money: How procrastinators can win at gift-giving

Dec. 10, 2019 10:39 AM EST

Check the calendar. No, this isn’t a dream. It really is December, and Christmas Day is staring you straight in the face. And if you celebrate Hanukkah, it’s coming even sooner. Where did the holiday season go? Well, no time to reminisce now. It’s down to the wire, but there are still methods...

US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

Dec. 6, 2019 5:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses have complained for years that they can’t find the workers they need to fill available jobs. November’s robust hiring gain suggests that at least some have found a way to do so. With the unemployment rate now at a half-century low of 3.5%, many economists...

Head start on holiday deals tempers Black Friday frenzy

Nov. 29, 2019 5:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday enthusiasts woke up before dawn and traveled cross-state to their favorite malls in search of hot deals, kicking off a shortened shopping season that intensified the scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But the ever-growing popularity of online shopping and holiday...

The Latest: Malls report steady traffic on Black Friday

Nov. 29, 2019 4:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on holiday shoppers on Black Friday (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Attention has shifted from discounters like Walmart and Target on Thanksgiving Day to malls on Black Friday, where traffic has been on the decline amid the increasing popularity of online shopping. Many mall...

Holiday stress: Amazon, others under gun for 1-day delivery

Nov. 28, 2019 8:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year, holiday stress may take on a whole new meaning for online retailers. Amazon, Walmart and others have promised to deliver more of their orders within 24 hours of customers clicking on “Buy.” The coming weeks will be the first test of whether they can make that happen...

Providing a unique experience is retailers’ holiday strategy

Nov. 27, 2019 11:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Amy Witt prepared for the grand opening of her Dallas clothing store, she read up on the demise of thousands of chain stores this past year so she wouldn’t repeat their mistakes. “Big box retailers are selling 20,000 square feet of, what? Stuff. There’s no...

Best Buy cruises into the holidays

Nov. 26, 2019 11:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy is entering the critical holiday season with good cheer, raising  its profit expectations for the current quarter.  The nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer on Tuesday joined a handful of other big box stores like Target and Walmart which are putting up...