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Lorraine Mirabella | September 25, 2012
Holiday sales are expected to rise 3 percent in November and December compared to the last two months of 2011, a trade group for the shopping center industry is forecasting. The expected increase is pegged to an index measuring sales at chain stores open at least a year. The forecast released Tuesday by The International Council of Shopping Centers also calls for slight increases in sales at shopping centers and in sales at stores selling general merchandise, apparel and accessories, furniture and other items.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
At this time of year, as Morstein's Jewelers fields calls from shoppers trying to make the Christmas Day deadline, third-generation owner Sonny Morstein finds himself asking the same question. "This is probably over 45 years of saying, 'Why are they waiting until the last minute!'"he said, estimating that about 40 people swung through his doors on Light Street in Federal Hill Tuesday. "They call and we say, 'Well, if you're coming, we'll wait for you.'" As a slower-than-expected holiday season winds down, many retailers may be wishing they had Morstein's problem.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2012
Domingo Catalan powered through the Thanksgiving night crowds to get his children toys. He methodically checked all the boxes on his relatives' wish lists on Black Friday. And before he goes to work as a data analyst for a government contractor on Cyber Monday, he expects to look for online deals to have shipped to his brother's family in Germany. So whom was Catalan, a Crofton resident, shopping for on Sunday morning at Bass Pro Shops at Arundel Mills? "Me," he grinned, pausing to jerk his thumb toward his chest as he put an Under Armour winter jacket and fishing gear into the back of his Ford pick-up truck.
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December 3, 2013
Meet more than 35 local writers and artists and shop for unique gifts on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the free "Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale. " The event will be held at the Bel Air Armory at 41 N. Main St. in Bel Air., Shoppers will be able to choose artwork in all types of media, including oil paintings, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass ornaments, prints, note cards, artisan gourds and hand sewn fabrics. Books will be available in various genres, including historical novels, suspense, genealogy, nature, fine photo journals and children's books as well as local poetry.
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January 6, 2006
In a holiday sales season that generally was considered tepid, one retail sector banked on the "cool factor" to ring up sizzling sales. Offering ripped jeans and T-shirts with saucy marketing techniques that appeal to teens and the college crowd, stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle outfitters and Aeropostale easily outdistanced the classic stores and discounters. WINNERS -- UP .............................................. LOSERS -- DOWN Abercrombie & Fitch +29% .......
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By Michael Dresser | January 4, 1992
The heavyweights of the U.S. retail industry reported holiday sales numbers yesterday that showed the recession had won a round, but analysts were cheered that it wasn't a knockout.With consumer confidence at its lowest level since 1982, the retail industry was expecting a lousy performance, and lousy is what it got. But industry analysts said the results were no worse that expected."Going into the season with such lousy expectations, you have to be impressed that we didn't fall totally out of bed," said Budd Bugatch, director of investment relations at Ferris Baker Watts in Baltimore.
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January 1, 1999
Stores in outlet centers owned by Baltimore-based Prime Retail Inc. saw their sales rise 4.08 percent during the holiday season, the company said yesterday.Customer traffic at the company's 50 outlet centers nationwide also increased -- by 4.77 percent -- for the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas.Prime Retail, the world's largest developer, owner and manager of outlet centers, based its results on a preliminary sampling of sales reported by about 500 merchants in all categories.``Several factors, including a growing consumer emphasis on value, the great variety and large selection of brand-name merchandise available and an additional shopping day, helped achieve these increases,'' said William H. Carpenter Jr., president and chief operating officer for the real estate investment trust.
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By Andrew Leckey | November 21, 2004
Relax. There are two extra shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this holiday season. Take a deep breath. Retailers, though cautious about hiring seasonal help, have inventories well stocked in the hope that consumer optimism brings joy to the world of shopping. Have a reality check. Rising gasoline prices and heating oil bills remain concerns, though consumer sentiment and recent retail sales, especially clothing purchases, have been robust. Investors and potential investors in the stocks of retailers are well aware that no matter what the experts may predict, it will be the consumers who ultimately determine whether this is a holiday season to rival last year's 5 percent sales gain or one only Ebenezer Scrooge could love.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | December 2, 1992
"Who am I? Why am I here?" That's what most American consumers seemed to be asking themselves the past several years as they walked warily through the doorways of the nation's retail stores. Too often, folks concerned about their jobs and the economy were "just looking." They weren't real consumers at all.Early projections about holiday retail sales seasons are notoriously inaccurate. Nonetheless, the investment community believes pent-up demand, a more positive consumer attitude and tighter retailing cost controls will add up to a solid 1992 holiday sales season.
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By BILL BARNHART | October 17, 2004
ONCE THE GUESSING about the presidential election is over, another contest will begin - betting on holiday retail sales. It's tempting to forecast sales as a stock market signal. But it's "a mug's game," says Nomura Securities International economist David Resler. That's because shoppers and retailers in recent years have engaged in an increasingly intense game of brinkmanship - balancing merchandise inventory against hopes for price markdowns as the season progresses. Here's the dilemma: Investment timing based on holiday sales probably should wait until the end of January, when the dust has settled.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Opposed to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Betty Allen of West Friendship waited until midnight to head to Walmart in Ellicott City for $2 DVDs and then shopped through the night without crowds to buy boots and clothing for her four children with stops at Kohl's, Target, Macy's and J.C. Penney. "It has been different this year," said Allen. "I'm used to lining up outside and rushing in. " Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday retail season, drew smaller-than-usual hordes of bargain hunters in the Baltimore area, probably because earlier Thanksgiving sales and staggered "limited supply" discounts spread shoppers out. Some shoppers missed the frenzy, while others embraced the relative calm.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season. With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 - raising the specter of another shutdown - some federal workers in Maryland plan to limit their holiday spending. Stores are bracing for more frugal customers. And financial experts are urging federal workers to start saving immediately. "To move the economy forward, we need a strong consumer.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 2, 2013
Retail sales will be up slightly this holiday season compared to last year, according to ShopperTrak. The firm that measures store traffic is calling for a 2.4 percent increase in sales in November and December. That's a slower pace than last year, when sales rose 3 percent compared to 2011. And shoppers will likely make their way to fewer stores, leading to a 1.4 percent drop in store traffic this holiday season, ShopperTrak said. "Although the economy continues to recover slowly, consumers remain cautious about spending and are not ready to splurge," said Bill Martin, ShopperTrak's founder.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
When snowflakes began falling Monday afternoon, the commotion near Mondawmin Mall slowed. Children pointed to the sky. Shoppers, their shoulders previously hunched against the cold, stood to take in the scene. Inside, shoppers buzzed through stores buying last-minute gifts, extra wrapping paper or the final ingredients for holiday meals and desserts. At The Esquire barber shop, men and boys waited for a chair and a fresh cut while talking of Christmas Eve church trips and parties ahead.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2012
Domingo Catalan powered through the Thanksgiving night crowds to get his children toys. He methodically checked all the boxes on his relatives' wish lists on Black Friday. And before he goes to work as a data analyst for a government contractor on Cyber Monday, he expects to look for online deals to have shipped to his brother's family in Germany. So whom was Catalan, a Crofton resident, shopping for on Sunday morning at Bass Pro Shops at Arundel Mills? "Me," he grinned, pausing to jerk his thumb toward his chest as he put an Under Armour winter jacket and fishing gear into the back of his Ford pick-up truck.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, Lorraine Mirabella and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
Diane Townes waited in line for 12 hours to get her door-buster deals — printers, a laptop and a 50-inch television — so imagine her chagrin when it looked like she wouldn't be able to squeeze it all into her car Friday morning. The Owings Mills nurse shivered in the cold at 5:30 a.m. outside the Towson Walmart, watching store workers try unsuccessfully to fit her $298 Emerson TV in the trunk and back seat. She finally folded down her back seats and shoved it through the trunk, capping a shopping spree that had started Thanksgiving afternoon.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2011
First of all, Southwest Airlines needs to get with my schedule. I expect to see airfare sales on Tuesdays. When the airline launches them on Fridays, it gets me all frazzled. Routine, people. But the sale Southwest announced today is anything but routine. It features airfares for holiday travel - from Dec. 13 to Jan. 5. And while there are blackout dates, there are not nearly as many as you might expect for a peak travel period. Blackout dates are Dec. 23, Dec. 26, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2. See, that's not so bad. One-way fares from Baltimore range from $49 to Boston  to $199  for a trip to San Francisco.
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