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Record online sales in the US may have raised company hopes but the picture remains murky heading into Christmas
US sales projected to reach at least $12bn as ecommerce grows faster than store business
Soaring holiday spending driven by demand, not higher prices, as retailers deepen discounts
Fatigue at higher prices is expected to push more shoppers to chase early holiday season discounts
Consumers remain choosy and discounts are expected to hit record highs
Bargain-hunting shoppers are easy prey for scammers
At what point does bargain hunting turn into shopping addiction?
What it’s like to live with a shopping addiction, and how to overcome it
Plus, EU ministers try to head off trade war with US and UK limits use of Chinese surveillance systems
Toys and electronics marked down at start of holiday season with consumers pinched by inflation
Plus, the UK Supreme Court expected to rule on IndyRef2
Shoppers go Christmas shopping early in anticipation of potential shipping and transport delays
Higher prices and more stingy discounts propel billions in sales at start of holiday season
“Hysterical monsters”, the lot of ‘em.
Consumers seem undeterred by higher prices and shortages ahead of US holiday shopping season
The holiday season kicks off with data on consumer confidence and hope for those in retail and hospitality
It’s time to carry out your own festive spending review
Many large retailers have brought in goods ‘way ahead of time’ this year
Lossmaking company’s near $900m valuation looks overpriced.
Chess boards and PlayStations in demand as older shoppers in rural areas shun stores to go online
One-time payment will be made in January as calls for industrial action grow over peak sales period
FT experts answer your questions as Christmas spending shifts online
Retailer plans ‘revamped’ US holiday discount shopping event to reduce crowds amid pandemic
Selfridges and Aldi lift sales but mid-tier chains suffer Black Friday hangover
Fresh blow for retail sector as belt-tightening shoppers stay at home