No big linkfest this weekend due to holiday travel — but since there is such an enormous amount of discussion about Retail Sales and the Consumer — we gathered many of the key stories and meta-data right here:

Overview:

New WSJ Blog: Holiday Sales Tracker                      http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/
2006/11/new_wsj_blog_ho.html

HOLIDAY SALES NEWS TRACKER
News, Trends and Analysis for the Key Shopping Season
http://blogs.wsj.com/holidaysales/

Why it matters

Why the Economy Needs Consumers To Shop This Year
(WSJ Page One)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116442491877232551.html

Shoppers Flock to Stores, But Will It Be Enough?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116437323429431978.html

Retail Sector Market Performance      http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2006/11/
retail_sector_m_1.html

How are sales doing?

Wal – Mart’s Weak Sales Dampen Holiday Season Hopes      http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/business/
business-retail-holiday.html

Expanded Hours, Discounts Lure Shoppers      http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/061125/holiday_shopping.html?.v=7

Retailers open early to ‘huge’ holiday shoppers      http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/other_business/article/
0,2777,DRMN_23916_5167303,00.html

U.S. Retailers Open Early, Discount to Kick Off Holiday Season     http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087
&sid=a4g55uXrmDLw&refer=home

Consumer Spending Is Holding Up? You Do the Math   
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&
refer=columnist_baum&sid=aqJzNg5ENnsg

Black Friday Mall sales up 6% from ’05   
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/
2006-11-26-black-friday-sales_x.htm?ord=1

Web sales down on Black Friday      
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061126/tc_nm/
retail_holiday_online_dc_5

Wal-Mart sounds ominous note for holiday season   
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/
2006-11-25-walmart_x.htm?ord=2

• Update (11/27/06):

Shoppers slow pace after early frenzy          

Not as many Black Friday shoppers, but spending is up               

Traffic down, spending up in holiday retail debut 

Retail sales mixed at start of US holiday season;
(Car sales forecast to fall in 2007 to lowest since 1998)   

How Housing Slump Is Risk To Big Three Rebound    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116458922079133152.html

Holiday Sales Get Off to Solid Start, But Wal-Mart Doesn’t Share Cheer
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116459701046633253.html

Black Friday Turned Green at the Malls Before Dawn   
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/27/business/27shop.html

Retail/Tech

iPod versus ?                      
http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/
2006/11/ipod_versus.html

Tivo is now Free                              
http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/
2006/11/tivo_is_now_fre.html

Shopping Mayhem

Wal – Mart’s Weak Sales Dampen Holiday Season Hopes   
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/25/business/25shop.html

Top
Tips: Holiday shopping
   
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/finance?
ch=289023&cl=1269584&lang=en

Best Buy Doorbusters          
http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/
2006/11/best_buy_doorbu.html

About those Gift Cards

Gift Cards Stay Popular, but Some Recipients Get Only Headaches   

The Fine Print on Giftcards   

Clicking With Cyber Monday           http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116441765794332402.html

Retail and Inflation

How Wal-Mart’s Price Cutting Influences Both Rivals and Inflation
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116441560746932358.html

Shopping Blogs

Delight.com: The Cult of Shopping

http://www.delight.com/

CoolHunting
http://www.coolhunting.com/

Cool Tools 
http://www.kk.org/cooltools/index.php

Mighty Goods
http://www.mightygoods.com/

ShoppingBlog.com      
http://www.shoppingblog.com/

Yahoo Shopping

http://shopping.yahoo.com/

Cheap Stingy Bargains
http://www.cheapstingybargains.com/

Hunt and Gather Online
http://www.huntandgatheronline.com/

Popgadget 
http://www.popgadget.net/

Thrifty Chick 
http://thriftychick.papierdoll.net/

About.com’s Coupon / Bargains

http://couponing.about.com/About_Coupons_Bargains.htm

Slave to Target
http://slavetotarget.blogspot.com/

That’s all for now. Happy shopping!

 

Category: Consumer Spending, Economy, Financial Press, Retail

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3 Responses to “Massive Retail Roundup”

  1. Eclectic says:

    A linkfest under any other name
    ….still smells the same.

  2. carpet quote says:

    Black friday up 6% vs one year ago. Sounds pretty god to me, yea, economy.

  3. Billington Tadworth says:

    Shrub has had his scribes up late, burning the beeswax tapers and licking the squidly ink, trying desparately to find a forward looking, action based punchy one-up to his famous gobble-gobble, ‘stay the course’:

    Here they are, June, 2003 forward, the odd precession:

    A CUTEST HORSEY
    CUT HEROES STAY
    A SECURE HOT STY
    A CURST ETHOS YE
    A SCYTHES ROUTE
    A RESCUE THY SOT
    A TRUCE THEY SOS
    CHAOS EYE TRUST

    and possibly the most foreboding of futures:

    A COMEDIC HIM SPIN LOSS
    A CODICIL PENS MOSHISM

    2007′s global economy will reap that whirlwind.