The nation's largest retail trade group says holiday spending rose a better-than-expected 5.5 percent, the strongest gain since the Great Recession.
Shares of Barnes & Noble are tumbling to all-time lows after airing some ugly holiday sales numbers.
As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, shoppers in the Miami area increased their spending on gas, food and plywood to board up their homes at a higher rate than Houston residents did before Harvey, according to spending tracker First Data Corp.
Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping.
Shoppers who got addicted to sales during the last recession have more tools than ever to cross-check prices and find bargains, creating a race to the bottom — particularly on clothes.
Macy's shares are falling after the department store warned investors that its profit margins would keep shrinking this year.
Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room.