Kmart airs Christmas ad 106 days before the holiday

TROY, Mich., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- An ad industry analyst says U.S. retailer Kmart's decision to air a Christmas ad this week will lead to moving the Christmas ad cycle up "by a few weeks."

Retailers expect flat back-to-school sales

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A national trade group said U.S. retailers could expect back-to-school sales on par with 2010 or just slightly under that.
Consumers putting the jingle back into holiday spending

Consumers putting the jingle back into holiday spending

CHICAGO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The retail industry started the Christmas shopping season earlier than ever this year with specials appearing in July.

Retailers promising post-holiday sales

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. retailers, in a discount mood to make up for lethargic spending, are promising bigger discounts after the holidays.

Retailers cackle over Halloween profits

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Retailers across the United States could have dressed as Cheshire cats, grinning while the young and young-at-heart prepared for the annual candy orgy.

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Girls' costumes so skimpy they're scary

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- As U.S. trick-or-treaters race to Halloween, costumes have become racier, moving from spooky ghosts and goblins to more skimpy fare.

'Merry Christmas' theme returns to stores

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Bowing to pressure from conservative Christian groups, several U.S. retail stores are reverting to the "Merry Christmas" theme this holiday season.

Web gives post-holiday shoppers preview

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A number of Web sites plan to give U.S. shoppers a preview of their sales for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
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