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Starbucks upbeat on record gift card sales on Christmas Eve

Starbucks Corp is banking on gift card strategy to boost business volume this holiday season. The American Coffee company is expecting a record number of gift-card purchases on Christmas Eve. The gift-card business is propelling more traffic and loyalty to Starbucks cafes.

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6 tips to avoid over spending

Holiday occasions bring smiles and enthusiasm in thousands of people as they celebrate by exchanging gifts and inviting people for a feast. This sometimes can lead to overspending, thus making a household budget jeopardized.

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Going back to school is expensive to both parents and teachers: study

The National Retail Federation predicted that a regular household will spend more than $600 this year for school supplies. The amount is said have reduced from last year's spending.

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U.S. retailers likely to just meet holiday sales forecasts: experts

U.S. consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Inc (AMZN.O).

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Last U.S. holiday shopping weekend off to solid start

Shoppers filled up malls and department stores on the last weekend before Christmas, as the weather cooperated to help raise the prospect of a solid finish to a holiday season that has so far produced mixed results.

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Cyber Monday sales start slow as early discounts hurt

U.S. online sales grew a smaller than expected 8 percent on Cyber Monday after web promotions before and during the Thanksgiving weekend robbed business from what has traditionally been the busiest day of the year for Internet shopping.

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2013 a banner year for ecommerce sales as brick-and-mortar sales decline

This year is set to be a banner year for ecommerce as online sales for Thanksgiving weekend increased 22% from last year. Meanwhile, retail sales fall.

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Holiday season may boost US Postal Service revenue

Troubled delivery service US Postal Service said it is hoping the surge in 2013's holiday online shopping and gift-sending would generate more revenue for the company through its partnership with and Sunday package deliveries.

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US retail sales to increase during holiday season

The National Retail Federation said the US retail sales would increase this holiday season by 3.9%.

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