Brick-and-mortar retailers have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride this holiday season as early expectations of strong consumer spending were weighed down by the uncertainty prompted by the election.
That’s on top of the usual jitters about the slow demise of Black Friday and more consumer cash gravitating to online retail.
TORONTO — Crowds packed Toronto’s Eaton Centre mall Friday as shoppers across the country hit the stores for the annual Boxing Day discounts.
The downtown Toronto shopping centre was one of several major malls across Canada opening their doors earlier than usual to accommodate bargain hunters.
Twenty-four-year-old Michelle McMullen made the trip with her mother, snapping up three bags full of new clothes in under an hour, she said.
The trial of Akon Guode was to begin later this month in Australia, with sensational details about why she drove her SUV into a suburban Melbourne lake, then waded ashore, leaving her infant, Bol, and four-year-old twins, Hanger and Madit, to die. Their sister Alual, 5, was rescued.
The Australian couple accused of abandoning a surrogate baby with Down’s syndrome say they left him in Thailand and returned home with his healthy twin sister because they were told he had only a day to live.
Seeking to defend their conduct during an ordeal they described as “devastating”, David and Wendy Farnell claimed that the surrogate mother insisted on keeping the boy, Gammy, and burying him in Thailand.
In comments released via a friend to a newspaper in the town of Bunbury in Western Australia, the Farnells said:
Kimberly Martines was separated from her husband and desperate to lure him back into her life, so police say she hatched a plan to get his attention: one that began with poisoning her 17-month-old daughter, Peyton.
She didn’t use a household cleaner or pop open a bottle of pain medication, police told NBC affiliate WYFF. Instead, Martines, of Spartanburg, S.C., turned to a simple condiment found in almost any dining room: salt.
Facebook is temporarily testing out a “Thankful” Reaction to celebrate Mother’s Day. Apart from the usual six Reactions, a purple flower allows users to directly express their gratitude to mothers all around the world. Because, of course, a generic Reaction is much more personal than a well-thought out comment.
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Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be a difficult, if not impossible, task. At least it’s fairly simple to figure out how treat your mother better than the average son or daughter this Sunday. Do you have an above-average mom? Then she deserves an above-average Mother’s Day. There is no shortage of consumer survey data out there concerning projected Mother’s Day spending this year.