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Holiday shoppers navigate shortages with mixed results

Dec. 02, 2021 09:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Like many shoppers, Kathleen Webber understands the struggles of getting the right gifts for her three children this holiday shopping season amid widespread shortages. She promised to buy her 23-year-old son the Sony Corp. PlayStation 5, but he hasn't...

Visa CEO: COVID caused permanent shift to digital payments

Dec. 01, 2021 13:30 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Al Kelly believes there has been a permanent shift in how consumers worldwide pay for goods and services. His 91-year-old parents are a prime example. The CEO of payments processing giant Visa recently visited his mother just after she'd finished...

Cyber Monday caps holiday shopping weekend as virus lingers

Nov. 29, 2021 19:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are spending freely and going back to store shopping, knocking out some of the momentum in online sales from last year when Americans were making many of their purchases exclusively via the internet. Shopper traffic roared back on Black Friday,...

Black Friday is back but it's not what it used to be

Nov. 26, 2021 17:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On this year's Black Friday, things almost seem normal. Malls and stores report decent-sized crowds, if not the floods of people that used to fight over the latest toys and electronics — online shopping is much too common for that now, and discounts...

Holiday season moves into high gear but challenges remain

Nov. 25, 2021 07:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, shoppers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items. But the big question is: How much will supply shortages, higher prices and staffing issues dampen their mood this...

Target to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving for good

Nov. 22, 2021 14:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Target will no longer open its stores on Thanksgiving Day, making permanent a shift to the unofficial start of the holiday season that was suspended during the pandemic. To limit crowds in stores, retailers last year were forced to turn what had become...

Chinese shoppers spend $139 billion during Singles' Day fest

Nov. 12, 2021 05:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese shoppers spent $139.1 billion during this year's annual Singles' Day shopping extravaganza, breaking last year's record even though spending slowed during the coronavirus pandemic. Alibaba tallied 540.3 billion yuan ($84.5 billion) in spending...

China's Singles' Day shopping fest muted amid tech crackdown

Nov. 10, 2021 01:08 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s biggest online shopping day, known as “Singles’ Day” on Nov. 11, is taking on a muted tone this year as regulators crack down on the technology industry and President Xi Jinping pushes for “common prosperity.” The Singles’ Day...

Saks CEO on e-commerce split-up and luxury spending

Nov. 08, 2021 09:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight months after Hudson’s Bay Co., the Canada-based owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, split off the luxury retailer’s e-commerce business into a separate entity, changes are already underway on its site. The number of styles Saks.com sells is up 40%, and...

China's advice to stockpile sparks speculation of Taiwan war

Nov. 04, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A seemingly innocuous government recommendation for Chinese people to store necessities for an emergency quickly sparked scattered instances of panic-buying and online speculation: Is China going to war with Taiwan? The answer is probably not — most...