Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 1:33 pm
Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores in the United States was down about 7 percent from a year ago, according to ShopperTrak, but more purchases on Thanksgiving Day nearly made up the difference. Meanwhile, online retailers recorded double-digit year-on-year increases in sales.
ShopperTrak says Friday store sales hit $9.1 billion, but that shoppers spent $3.2 billion on Thanksgiving — a 24 percent increase for sales on that day from over last year. Overall, it represented a 0.5 percent drop from last year.
Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 1:27 am
In the '90s, Rainbo Records owner Steve Sheldon wanted to keep his vinyl presses going.
Everyone thought he was crazy; they told him it was a dead format. But Sheldon was adamant.
"I actually said, many times, 'I think it will be around longer than CDs,' " Sheldon says.
Today, his Canoga Park, Calif., operation is massive. There are sound testing rooms, large printers for making labels and rows of workers stuffing sleeves. And then there are the actual presses themselves — 14 of them — giving off smoke and smelling of burnt rubber.
Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 5:29 pm
There are more twins in the "millennial generation" than any other generation, thanks partly to a twin boom in the '90s. The main reason was a new technology called in vitro fertilization, which in its early days frequently produced twins, triplets and other multiple births.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The chaos of Black Friday appears to have come on Thursday. From Huntsville to Mobile, bargain hunters lined up hours ahead of Thanksgiving night openings in search of deep discounts on flat-screen televisions, computers and toys. Some shoppers said they even began camping out Wednesday night to make sure they were among the first in the stores. That left thinner crowds Friday morning and a quieter shopping experience on what has traditionally been the busiest shopping day of the year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Ebola scare is subsiding in the United States, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Dennis Sanders of Kappler Inc. says the Guntersville company has about 75,000 protective suits on back order. He says workers will stay busy filling orders through April. Kappler typically gets only a few orders annually for the type of suit needed by health workers who are in contact with Ebola patients. Sanders says that changed once the disease showed up in Texas.
Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains.
The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion. It would be the biggest jump in sales since 2011. The NRF has a breakdown of shopping behavior last year posted here.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Bargain hunters heading to Walmart, in addition to looking for holiday deals, may find workers participating in Black Friday Strikes.
Since 2012, Our Walmart, which is an employee labor group, has been staging strikes on the day after Thanksgiving.
Employees at stores in six states and Washington, D.C., plan to participate and more locations are expected to join in.