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Over the past several weeks, the tone of my columns has become more cautionary because of signs that the economic recovery has slowed and, despite stimulative efforts, job growth has proved elusive.
The Christmas shopping season doesn't kick off for another six weeks, but retailers already are signaling that they are prepared to discount aggressively to entice shoppers who are still skittish about spending.
A few columns ago, we were in the thick of the Back to School shopping season, and as we exit that window of buying, eyes are increasingly looking through to the year-end holiday shopping season. It seems that this bonanza of buying creeps further ahead each year, and the shopping mentality has started to eclipse the Thanksgiving holiday.
As Labor Day approaches, many of us are contemplating the end of summer, pre-season football and squeezing in the last bit of vacation. There are others, however, who are gearing up for back to school.
Big prices and small budgets have turned the once pleasant annual purchasing party into an allegory of a flagging economy, producing parental angst and industry cheerleaders who urge the moms and dads to at least "buy American."
Online shopping registers might reach record numbers today as Internet retailers offer bargains on popular items such as Nintendo Wiis and high-definition televisions.
Westfield Montgomery and Westfield Annapolis are the first malls in the Washington area to offer a new service that allows shoppers to search the entire shopping center online for a product.