Holiday shoppers gobble bargains, give retail sales a boost
December 14th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

Holiday shoppers gobble bargains, give retail sales a boost

Retail sales were solidly higher in November, the government reported Tuesday, fueled in part by deep discounting on holiday merchandise.

The Commerce Department said total retail sales rose 0.8% last month.

Economists surveyed by on average had forecast an increase of 0.5% for November, compared to a revised 1.7% jump in sales the prior month. October sales were originally reported to have increased 1.2%.

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  1. Homer Simpson

    well now, things are all better, go spend all your money, it will be o.k. Really,i promise.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    I don't understand this shopping frenzy. Does it come as a surprise that there is Christmas? Or can't you give presents to people whom you love during the year? I guess most presents are just given out of a guilt complex for Christmas:

    December 14, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Homer Simpson

    really, we got this, dont even think twice about your job,

    December 14, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Homer Simpson

    were here for you, not special interest, they get us elected, but were working for your future, cant you tell, we spent your money bailing out banks that wont bail you out. Send your jobs overseas or to mexico, using your money, push health care reform, requiring all to carry insurance, a deal literally written by the insurance companys lobbyist billy tuares( former legislater), tax breaks for the rich, which has been widely accepted as non job creating, yet thats the reasoning behind it (rep.) all the while smiling to you while they tell you lies they know you dont believe! We are screwed, bad, until greed is controlled, its all bad

    December 14, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    For once, I agree with you, Homer. First time for everything. .

    December 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Homer Simpson

    im not as bad as i seem sometimes, just mad as hell that its not going to get better .

    December 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred Bartkowski

    Please tell me this is the reinflation of the bubble.
    May I have my house and 24.7 percent credit card back?

    December 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. USMC Ret.

    I can still remember when the gov. broke up ma-bell. I wonder if it was as big as this 1% that they say pays the majority of the taxes in this country? If so why aren't they breaking up their monopoly over the country too? If small business creates the bulk of the jobs in America break'em up and open the door for people to create the jobs.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Homer Simpson

    good ole america is gone.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @Homer Simpson: For my christmas present, you can FED EX me a jar of peanut butter. Thank you.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Homer Simpson

    extra chunky it is! Use it wisely cesar,

    December 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Homer Simpson

    As long as your an american, non-muslim, we have bigger issues than throwing dung on one another.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fragement

    I bought the Sony Move for my children on a cyber monday for a deal..careful where you buy your product

    December 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |