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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1996
Looking for a little holiday cheer yesterday, Mary Ann Hugg found it in Annapolis at the Christmas Spirit shop on Main Street where business was brisk and smiles were plentiful."
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
With a shortened holiday season punctuated by weekend winter storms, holiday shoppers in Maryland are feeling the pressure. There are six fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year. And three Baltimore-area snowfalls in three days the second week of December have distracted others from buying. "I've been in denial," said Ann DiAddezio, a York, Pa., restaurateur who was loaded down with shopping bags Saturday morning as she walked briskly past stores at Towson Town Center.
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By ANDREA K. WALKER and ANDREA K. WALKER,SUN REPORTER | November 28, 2005
A weekend full of bargains and promotions seems to have paid off for retailers, with several early surveys showing the holiday shopping season getting off to a promising start - though some experts said stores must offer more discounts to keep consumers buying. Reports released yesterday found that U.S. retail sales increased over the holiday weekend compared with a year ago. Visa USA, for example, said purchases by people using its cards at more than 6 million retail merchants jumped 11 percent from last year, to $3.7 billion for Friday and Saturday.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 15, 2013
 Most consumers will spend the same as or more than last year on holiday shopping, the NPD Group Inc. reported late Tuesday. The group's annual holiday spending survey showed that nearly 80 percent of shoppers will spend about the same or more compared to the 2012 holiday season. About a fifth of those polled said they plan to spend less this year. “Consumers are feeling better about the economy compared to last year and they plan to take advantage of sales during key periods,” said Marshal Cohen, NPD's chief industry analyst.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2003
Stephanie Bayer emerged from an aisle of the KB Toys store at Marley Station mall one night last week with toys stacked nearly to her chin. She's going all out for Christmas this year, she said, and no amount of money was too much to spend on her only child. "I only have one kid, so I do all that I can," Bayer, a packaging worker, said as she lugged around a Connect Four board game, a basketball, a G.I. Joe action figure and other toys. And she had yet to buy the PlayStation 2 video game he's been begging for. Retailers are hoping for more Stephanie Bayers, especially after a tough economic year and a dismal holiday retail season a year ago. There are signs this year will be better.
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By ANDREW RATNER | November 25, 2008
Jon Vincent expects more visitors to his blackfriday.info Web site this Thursday and Friday than he had all of last November. The Boston-area resident suspects that mostly has to do with shoppers hungering for bargains in a bleak economy and partly to do with people becoming more comfortable with searching and shopping online. "Traffic has doubled since last year," said Vincent, 28, who reserved the blackfriday.info domain name in 2004 after trying to help his parents shop online. He also created the Web coupon site keepcash.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1991
The Christmas shopping season got off to a good start this past weekend even though sales were down compared to other years. The Evening Sun wants to know if you plan on cutting back on Christmas shopping.Call SUNDIAL, The Baltimore Sun's telephone information system, on a Touch-Tone phone. The call is local, and answers will be registered between 10 a.m. and midnight. The SUNDIAL phone number is 783-1800 or, in Anne Arundel County, 268-7736. When you reach SUNDIAL, enter category 4600 and wait for instructions.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1991
The shaky economy has retailers and forecasters looking anxiously toward the holiday shopping season. In the coming weeks, The Sun will be taking a close look at consumers' plans, priorities and preferences. We are interested in your plans for holiday shopping, your views on the economy and your likes and dislikes about stores and malls.You can make your views known by taking part in SUNDIAL's shopping survey between now and Wednesday. To take part, call 783-1800 (268-7736 in Anne Arundel County)
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2000
Downtown Baltimore merchants began their push for a bigger share of this year's Christmas shopping dollars yesterday with a $330,000 advertising campaign they hope will lure shoppers away from area malls. The "Downtown for the Holidays" campaign represents a first for the area, said Michele Whelley, president of Downtown Partnership Inc. The business organization joined with Trigen Energy, American Express, Pepsi-Cola Co. and local and state government to promote downtown Baltimore. "Don't go to a mall in some faraway county cornfield," said Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday, announcing the effort.
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By Robert B. Reich | November 28, 2012
We're officially into Christmas buying season -- when American consumers determine the fate of American retailers and, indirectly, the American economy. What's often forgotten is that consumers are also workers, and if their pay doesn't keep up, they can't keep the economy going. A half-century ago, America's largest private-sector employer was General Motors, whose full-time workers earned an average hourly wage of around $50, in today's dollars, including health and pension benefits.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,andrea.walker@baltsun.com | December 20, 2008
Consumers are expected to pack stores and malls this weekend for a final stretch of shopping before Christmas, but they probably won't spend enough to turn around what has been a difficult holiday season for retailers. Desperate retailers trying to clear out racks of merchandise will pull out all the stops to squeeze that last dollar from shoppers in what has already been a season of steep discounts. JCPenney will slash prices as high as 70 percent on some items, while Loehmann's is offering 25 percent off entire purchases through Christmas Eve. Macy's will open 13 stores throughout the country for 24 hours, including Tysons Corner, Va., in the Baltimore-Washington area.
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By ANDREW RATNER | November 25, 2008
Jon Vincent expects more visitors to his blackfriday.info Web site this Thursday and Friday than he had all of last November. The Boston-area resident suspects that mostly has to do with shoppers hungering for bargains in a bleak economy and partly to do with people becoming more comfortable with searching and shopping online. "Traffic has doubled since last year," said Vincent, 28, who reserved the blackfriday.info domain name in 2004 after trying to help his parents shop online. He also created the Web coupon site keepcash.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Tricia Bishop and Andrea K. Walker and Tricia Bishop,Sun reporters | December 27, 2007
Tami Scovitch parked herself on a bench outside of teen clothing store Hollister after being dragged around The Mall in Columbia twice yesterday by her teenage daughter and a friend, who were eager to spend their Christmas cash and gift cards. "They've been wearing me out all morning," said the 45-year-old deli manager from Elkridge, surrounded by bags of clothes the girls had already bought or exchanged. "They couldn't wait to get to the mall to spend." Retailers are hoping that families like the Scovitches will help give a boost to the holiday shopping season, which many analysts said is suffering from cautious spending by consumers worried about the economy.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN REPORTER | December 21, 2007
Too often this week, Xavier Henry would look across the racks of sweater dresses, skinny jeans and other trendy clothing at his Melrose Place Boutique and see few, if any, customers. It's indicative of the sluggish holiday shopping season. Consumers stressed out about high energy, gas and food prices have cut back on their spending. Retailers such as Henry, whose store is at Security Square Mall, are hoping their bottom lines will improve starting today. It's the final weekend of the holiday shopping season, when procrastinators and those holding out for the steepest discounts are expected to crowd stores for last-minute shopping.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, Hanah Cho and Allison Connolly and Jamie Smith Hopkins, Hanah Cho and Allison Connolly,Sun reporters | November 24, 2007
Defying gloomy predictions of poor turnout, shoppers responded yesterday to retailers' aggressively advertised sales by packing a variety of Baltimore-area stores for the traditional kickoff to holiday buying. Passionate shoppers began lining up during pre-dawn hours to secure bargains on televisions, laptops and other merchandise. Electronic stores appeared to draw the biggest crowds in the Baltimore area and around the country. "I go overboard every year," said Linda Becker of Freeland, who does 70 percent of her holiday buying on Black Friday and who lined up before doors opened at Best Buy in Lutherville.
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November 25, 2006
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By Andrea K. Walker and Hanah Cho and Andrea K. Walker and Hanah Cho,Sun reporters | November 25, 2006
The holiday shopping season kicked off in typical frenzied fashion yesterday with pre-dawn bargains, midnight store openings, clogged Internet sites and long lines, fueling a cultural tradition that helps to set the tone for how retailers finish out the year. Early reports by retail executives predicted strong sales yesterday. And the industry hoped that showing would continue throughout the weekend, when 137 million people are expected to visit stores. Known as Black Friday because it often was when retailers posted their first profits of the year, the day after Thanksgiving has become a marketing bonanza, with consumers competing for steep discounts on limited items, traffic jams and marathon shopping excursions.
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