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The Brian Lehrer Show

Holiday Shopping Report

Monday, November 26, 2012

Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic who oversees business coverage online, recaps the weekend's holiday shopping and takes your calls on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Good, Better, Best

Friday, November 23, 2012

This is a best-of Brian Lehrer Show, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open, and we'll be back live on Monday!

Before heading to the stores this Black Friday, Elizabeth Cline gives her take on bargain shopping. Plus: the founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill; Paul Auster remembers; Context and a Critic on Homeland; Randy Cohen's ethics, and the man behind the Khan Academy videos.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Clothing Bargains?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Brooklyn-based journalist Elizabeth Cline discusses her new book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion—a look at the downside of inexpensive clothing.

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Schoolbook

Back to School Shopping in Full Swing

Monday, September 03, 2012

Back-to-school sales - online and at the local store - are beckoning families who need that new uniform or pair of sneakers, not to mention the items on the request list from school.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ethical Chic

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Author of Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Fran Hawthorne, discusses her new book that investigates 6 beloved companies that are socially responsible and hip. But does the truth match their reputations?

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WNYC News

After Christmas, Shoppers Swarm Manhattan

Monday, December 26, 2011

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Christmas is over, but the shopping continued Monday as customers thronged Manhattan retailers.

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WNYC News

Nordstrom Charity Store Nears Close of First Business Quarter

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Nordstrom's Soho concept store — Treasure and Bond — will soon know how much money it has raised for two city charities at the close of its first quarter of business.

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The Takeaway

New Amazon App Targets Bookstores

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

When it comes to sales, it's widely known that bookstores, particularly independent ones, face tough competition from online sellers such as Amazon. It looks like the battle lines just got tougher. With their new book app, Amazon is encouraging book store shoppers to scan titles they find intriguing, and see if they can get a better price online. The reward if you find a better price is the chance to earn five percent credit on purchases at Amazon, of course.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Art and Science of Waiting on Line

Monday, December 12, 2011

The holidays involve a lot of standing on line—in museums, at the movies, and, of course, at stores. Wall Street Journal reporter Ray Smith discusses the science of lines, looking at what’s really happening at checkout. His article “Find the Best Checkout Line” appeared in the Wall Street Journal December 8. He’s joined by Narayan Janakiraman an assistant professor of marketing at Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona who has researched how impatient shoppers get while waiting on line.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Holiday Biz Report

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reports are that this was a relatively successful kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Business owners, how was your Black Friday through Cyber Monday? Who's shopping, what are they buying, how are you luring them in? Let us know!

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The Takeaway

Can Holiday Shopping Save the Economy?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Every holiday season, many Americans feel the compulsion to shop for themselves and their loved ones. George W. Bush famously encouraged the nation to go shopping during his presidency, reminding Americans that 70 percent of the economy is derived from personal spending. This year, the economic engine went into overdrive during Black Friday and Cyber Monday; but, does that indicate signs of a looming economic recovery?

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The Takeaway

The Week's Agenda: Holiday Shopping, Employment Numbers

Monday, November 28, 2011

Over the weekend, U.S. retail sales climbed 16 percent, hitting a record total of $52.4 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The average shopper spent $398.62 during the holiday weekend. Despite these promising retail numbers, other economic indicators aren't as positive this week. 

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WNYC News

Early Hours, Deals and Scuffles Kick-off Black Friday

Friday, November 25, 2011

Early signs point to bigger crowds at the nation's malls and stores as retailers like Target and Macy's opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year and a few others opened on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers were mostly peaceful across the country, but a few violent incidents broke out as millions of shoppers rushed into stores and tensions flared.

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The Takeaway

Shoppers Prepare for Black Friday

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. As always, many stores are opening their doors earlier and extending sales for longer periods of time. Plus there's a rise in consumer confidence this month. So this year, the shopping period looks promising for retailers. It's estimated that 152 million people plan to shop this weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. That's up 10 percent from last year. But despite the good news, the economy is still weak.

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WNYC News

On Shopping’s Biggest Day, Stores Push Layaway Plans

Friday, November 25, 2011

With a consumers ground down by a harsh recession and a weak economic recovery, more retailers this year are offering layaway plans, in an effort to get people spending.

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WNYC News

Retailers Open Extra Early, Tap Into New Technology to Draw in Customers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Retailers are tapping in to new technology — specifically, smart phones — to boost holiday sales this season. And some are opening earlier than ever to draw in customers.

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The Takeaway

Target Asks Employees to Cut Festivities Short

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving typically conjures images of spending time with family, savoring long meals, and watching sports. For those working at the Target corporation this year, they will remain only images. The mega-chain store has just asked many of its employees to put on their work clothes at midnight on Thanksgiving night to prepare for Black Friday shopping. However, many are not looking forward to the extra hours.

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The Takeaway

Weighing Consumer Confidence Before the Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The recession may have officially ended in June 2009, but consumer confidence remains at recession levels heading into holiday shopping season. In fact, the most recent Consumer Confidence Index from the Conference Board went down 6.6 points for the month of November to 39.8 percent. By comparison, the Confidence Index was 70.4 percent in February of 2011. 

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The Takeaway

Reebok to Pay Settlement Over EasyTone Sneakers

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some enticing advertisements for shoes by Reebok have been circulating, promising "up to 28 percent more of a work out for your butt, up to 11 percent more for your hamstrings and calves." It sounds like a lot to expect from a simple shoe, and the Justice Department is saying it's worse than just an exaggeration — the company is making false claims, and should reward disappointed customers with refunds, which could add up to $25 million.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Jenny Diski on shoplifting

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jenny Diski on shoplifting.

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