Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:11:41 GMT
Churches from around the Petal area gathered today for the Community Easter Celebration. Guests from over 18 different church congregations filled the Petal Performing Arts Center to celebrate the trueMore >>
Guests from over 18 different church congregations filled the Petal Performing Arts Center to celebrate the true meaning of Easter with song and praise while listening to scripture reading from several local pastors.
Thursday, April 10 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:13:00 GMT
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. Dr. Martin Ugwudike was found dead in his home in the Canebrake subdivision near Hattiesburg just before noon. Ugwudike, who hasMore >>
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. More >>
(RNN) – Whatever people's opinion on how the presidential election will affect the economy, it will not too drastically alter their plans to spend during the holiday season.
The National Retail Federation released a projection this week that estimates holiday sales will increase by $586.1 billion, up more than 4 percent from last year.
The attitudes of consumers who spend their money more selectively and have increased confidence in the housing market temper a workforce that has seen minimal job growth and a stagnant unemployment rate during the past few years, according to the NRF.
"While moderate compared to what we experienced the last two holiday seasons, the forecast is a very pragmatic look at what to expect this year given the current rate of economic growth," said NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D. "There's still some general anxiety amongst consumers when it comes to how the state of the economy is impacting their spending plans, but retailers can expect to see excitement around their promotions and plenty of bargain hunters both online and in stores in the coming months."
Shop.org added to the positive outlook for the holiday season by forecasting that online holiday sales would grow 12 percent from last year. People could spend as much as $96 billion online during the last two months of the year.
"Online retail has been a bright spot for years and we don't expect that trend to change anytime soon, especially with the growth in mobile," stated NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. "Aside from the convenience, shoppers look to the holiday season to take advantage of retailers' increased digital offerings. In addition to enhancing the site experience, retailers have spent the year investing in optimizing their mobile and social platforms, just what holiday shoppers are looking for."
The NRF and Shop.org define holiday sales as retail industry purchases in the months of November and December. NRF excludes sales at automotive dealers, gas stations and restaurants.
GameStop is one of many companies trying to regroup after watching its revenue decrease because of online shopping. However, the company plans to repair and resell Apple products and other smartphones and tablets.
That strategy could generate $1 billion in revenue in just a few years, according to analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities.
Additionally, the NRF projected retailers would hire between 585,000 to 625,000 workers for the holidays. Companies hired 607,500 workers during last year's holiday season.
Toys "R" Us is at least one company that expects some of its seasonal positions to turn into full-time jobs.
Despite a projection to hire several thousand fewer seasonal employees compared to last year, Target is still expected to add more people than any other company during November and December. Target said the decrease is because 30 percent of its seasonal employees last year moved into permanent positions.
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Wednesday, January 1 2014 4:57 PM EST2014-01-01 21:57:25 GMT
(RNN) - Tis the season for New Year's Resolutions. For many, the New Year is a time to invest in a new you. Maybe you want to get in shape, become a chef or speak fluent French in 2013. You could alwaysMore >>
Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. For many, the new year is a time to invest in a new you.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 12:17 PM EST2013-12-02 17:17:56 GMT
(CNN) - If Black Friday crowds were just too much, or Black Friday deals just weren't enough, shoppers can rejoice in another big day on the retail calendar. There are some tips and tricks for shoppingMore >>
If Black Friday crowds were just too much, or Black Friday deals just weren't enough, shoppers can rejoice in another big day on the retail calendar.
Sunday, December 1 2013 1:04 PM EST2013-12-01 18:04:31 GMT
TORONTO, Canada (CBC News/CNN) - They can be tacky, cheerful, unusual, and downright hideous, but ‘tis the season for the ugly Christmas sweater. The ugly Christmas sweater has become a trend to wear atMore >>
Themed parties and vintage stories are among the things that have made ugly sweaters trendy.More >>
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