Oprah is giving generously this holiday season — here are 3 creative ways you can be charitable too

Oprah Winfrey has given away millions in donations and prizes over the years. The billionaire’s history of giving to Morehouse College began in 1989 with a contribution that established the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Fund. Oprah Winfrey donated $13 million to continue the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Program, pushing her total investment to $25 million, which is the largest endowment in the College’s history. Donate using your spare changeRide sharing app Lyft allows customers to donate a portion of


Oprah Winfrey has given away millions in donations and prizes over the years.
The billionaire’s history of giving to Morehouse College began in 1989 with a contribution that established the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Fund.
Oprah Winfrey donated $13 million to continue the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Program, pushing her total investment to $25 million, which is the largest endowment in the College’s history.
Donate using your spare changeRide sharing app Lyft allows customers to donate a portion of
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Oprah is giving generously this holiday season — here are 3 creative ways you can be charitable too

Oprah Winfrey has given away millions in donations and prizes over the years. This year, the media mogul and philanthropist increased her contribution to an institution close to her heart. “I was really surprised to learn that it’s been 30 years since I made that $12 million donation to Morehouse [College], so today I would like to add $13 million to that,” Winfrey announced during a visit earlier this month to the historically black all-men’s university. The billionaire’s history of giving to Morehouse College began in 1989 with a contribution that established the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Fund. The recent surprise $13 million gift makes Winfrey’s total contribution to the school to $25 million. Winfrey is far from the only one thinking about philanthropy this time of year. Giving tends to increase around the holidays: About a quarter of Americans make most of their donations during the last three months of the year, according to Charity Navigator. And, experts say, the most effective way to give is to write a check or donate cash directly, like Winfrey did.

Here is video from today’s surprise announcement. Oprah Winfrey donated $13 million to continue the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Program, pushing her total investment to $25 million, which is the largest endowment in the College’s history. pic.twitter.com/5tcs6Pfu5m — Morehouse College (@Morehouse) October 7, 2019

“People have been programmed to donate using a check or cash,” says Avani Ramnani, director of financial planning and wealth management at Francis Financial in New York, New York. “It started with things like Girl Scouts, you buy cookies with cash and then give a little extra dollars towards the cause.” Now, however, there are more ways to get creative with your giving. Even if you have a lot less to work with, here are three ways to tap into the spirit of the season, like Oprah, and donate to a cause that matters to you.

1. Raise money for charity on social media

Rather than having your friends and family give you material gifts this year, ask that they donate to your charity of choice using Instagram stories. The photo sharing app has a new feature that allows eligible nonprofits and their supporters to raise money directly from the application. You create the Instagram story, add the donation sticker and start raising money. For now, Facebook says, fees are waived, so 100% of the proceeds go to the charity you choose.

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Black Girls Code, No Kid Hungry, ASPCA, St. Jude, and the American Cancer Society are just some of the organizations currently accepting donations through Instagram. And any U.S. nonprofit can join the app’s database, as long as it is signed up to accept donations on Facebook and its Facebook is connected to their Instagram account.

2. Donate using your spare change

Ride sharing app Lyft allows customers to donate a portion of their fares using their Round Up & Donate feature. To opt in, turn on the feature using the “Donate” button in the “Menu” section of the app. Once on, Lyft will automatically round up each ride payment to the nearest dollar: A $7.75 fare rounds up to $8, for instance, with the 25 cents difference donated to an organization of your choice. As of 2018, Lyft passengers had rounded up the cost of 20 million rides to donate over $10 million to causes, the company announced. Food delivery apps Grubhub and Seamless also offer customers the option of rounding up to the nearest dollar as a way to donate to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

3. Shop online for a cause


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5 side hustles that can earn you extra money this holiday season

The holiday season isn’t just great for gift-giving — it’s also a great time to earn more money with a seasonal side hustle. If possible, merge your passion with an in-demand job during the holiday season to get the most bang for your buck. “For most seasonal work, you should think about it not necessarily as a side hustle you’ll be investing in long term. Rather, think about it like, ‘How can I make the most money for my time this holiday season?'” Here are five side hustles that are in high de


The holiday season isn’t just great for gift-giving — it’s also a great time to earn more money with a seasonal side hustle. If possible, merge your passion with an in-demand job during the holiday season to get the most bang for your buck. “For most seasonal work, you should think about it not necessarily as a side hustle you’ll be investing in long term. Rather, think about it like, ‘How can I make the most money for my time this holiday season?'” Here are five side hustles that are in high de
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5 side hustles that can earn you extra money this holiday season

The holiday season isn’t just great for gift-giving — it’s also a great time to earn more money with a seasonal side hustle.

Retailers are in a hiring frenzy ahead of the holidays, but if your schedule doesn’t allow for long shifts during standard business hours, you still have options.

“If you don’t have that kind of time, or your schedule is such that it’s harder to commit yourself in advance, think about something in the gig economy that increases during the holidays,” like stocking shelves, pet-sitting, or craft-making, says Kathy Kristof, cofounder and editor at SideHusl.com, an independent side hustle review site.

If possible, merge your passion with an in-demand job during the holiday season to get the most bang for your buck. “For most seasonal work, you should think about it not necessarily as a side hustle you’ll be investing in long term. Rather, think about it like, ‘How can I make the most money for my time this holiday season?'” says Grant Sabatier, creator of Millennial Money, an online personal finance community.

Here are five side hustles that are in high demand over the holidays.


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Author Ryan Holiday: How ‘stillness’ can help you become a better investor

But developing a sense of “stillness” may help you do it, says author Ryan Holiday. Being disciplined, even-keeled, and less emotional about your money can help with investing, too. One role model in investing stillness: Legendary investor Warren Buffett, who has called the stock market “a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.” Buffett “has to be really patient, which requires stillness,” Holiday says. Ryan Holiday Author, ‘Stillness Is the Key’Putting your finances on


But developing a sense of “stillness” may help you do it, says author Ryan Holiday. Being disciplined, even-keeled, and less emotional about your money can help with investing, too. One role model in investing stillness: Legendary investor Warren Buffett, who has called the stock market “a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.” Buffett “has to be really patient, which requires stillness,” Holiday says. Ryan Holiday Author, ‘Stillness Is the Key’Putting your finances on
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Author Ryan Holiday: How 'stillness' can help you become a better investor

Staying focused on your investment goals while ignoring the ups and downs of the market isn’t easy. But developing a sense of “stillness” may help you do it, says author Ryan Holiday. Holiday’s new book, “Stillness Is the Key,” highlights how numerous historical figures — including JFK, Johnny Cash, and Leonardo da Vinci — used a strategic sense of patience, among other things, to achieve their goals. Being disciplined, even-keeled, and less emotional about your money can help with investing, too. “We know that the best investment strategy is long term. It’s indifferent to the day-to-day fluctuations of the market. It’s not emotional. It’s logical. It’s value-based,” Holiday tells Grow. The most dangerous aspect of investing, he says, is that investors “get way too excited when things are good. This is where bubbles and irrational exuberance comes from.”

One role model in investing stillness: Legendary investor Warren Buffett, who has called the stock market “a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.” Buffett “has to be really patient, which requires stillness,” Holiday says. “It requires him to see things that other people don’t see. It requires him to be wrong for extended periods of time, until he’s proven right.” Developing a sense of stillness and discipline like Buffett’s takes practice. Here are two ways you can strengthen this attribute as an investor:

Take emotion out of investment decisions

Feelings, both good and bad, can cause investors to make rash decisions. The goal is “not being jerked around by your emotions,” Holiday says, and “having some semblance of self-control.” In practice, this means that you don’t panic if the markets start to fall — and you don’t get giddy if they continue to climb. You try to keep your head down and stick to your plan, no matter what’s going on in the news.

We know that the best investment strategy is long term: It’s indifferent to the day-to-day fluctuations of the market. It’s not emotional. It’s logical. Ryan Holiday Author, ‘Stillness Is the Key’

Putting your finances on autopilot can help you take the emotion out of your investing decisions. Setting up recurring contributions to your investment or retirement accounts can keep you consistent and ensure that you’re benefiting from dollar-cost averaging, too. You can also work on building up your emergency fund and even try writing yourself a motivation letter to help you keep a steady emotional state when the markets get bumpy.

Limit how frequently you monitor your portfolio


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Chinese tourism growth slows as overseas travel loses its luster

BEIJING — The rapid growth of Chinese tourism took a bit of a breather during the latest week-long National Day holiday, government data indicate. “Golden Week data point to a slowdown,” Ting Lu, Nomura’s chief China economist, said in the title of a report distributed Wednesday. “As China’s economy has become increasingly reliant on consumption to drive its growth, data from ‘golden weeks’ have become a good barometer of China’s consumption growth trend.” Tourism growth slowed during another go


BEIJING — The rapid growth of Chinese tourism took a bit of a breather during the latest week-long National Day holiday, government data indicate. “Golden Week data point to a slowdown,” Ting Lu, Nomura’s chief China economist, said in the title of a report distributed Wednesday. “As China’s economy has become increasingly reliant on consumption to drive its growth, data from ‘golden weeks’ have become a good barometer of China’s consumption growth trend.” Tourism growth slowed during another go
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Chinese tourism growth slows as overseas travel loses its luster

XIAOSHAN AIRPORT, HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA: An outbound tourist group is waiting for check-in in front of the counter of China Customs. Chinese nationals have become the largest number of foreign tourists visiting other countries in 2015 as the number of outbound visitors crossed 120 million, registering an 11 million increase from last year.

BEIJING — The rapid growth of Chinese tourism took a bit of a breather during the latest week-long National Day holiday, government data indicate.

The seven-day vacation from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7 is dubbed “Golden Week” and is one of the few major government-mandated holidays in a country where personal vacation days are few. This year’s National Day was particularly significant domestically since it revolved around massive celebrations on Oct. 1 for the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party’s rule.

Chinese tourist sites received 782 million visits during the holiday, up well over 7% from last year’s 726 million, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. But, that’s slower than reported growth of more than 9% in 2018, and down from a 10% increase in 2017.

Retail and food and beverage sales from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7 grew 8.5% to 1.52 trillion yuan ($212.7 billion), according to the Ministry of Commerce. While a solid figure, that’s a slower pace than the Commerce Ministry’s claims of nearly 10% or higher growth for previous years.

“Golden Week data point to a slowdown,” Ting Lu, Nomura’s chief China economist, said in the title of a report distributed Wednesday. “As China’s economy has become increasingly reliant on consumption to drive its growth, data from ‘golden weeks’ have become a good barometer of China’s consumption growth trend.”

Chinese authorities are trying to boost domestic consumption in an effort to support economic growth. Shortly after a major government meeting in March, authorities announced the May 1 Labor Day holiday would be extended by two days by swapping those working days with weekends, as is typical in China.

Tourism growth slowed during another golden week this year, the Lunar New Year holiday in February. Official numbers for overseas travel during that period were not clear about the actual rate of change.


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Target is going to power Toys R Us’ new website

You’ll be able to shop at Toys R Us online again — thanks to a little help from Target. Target announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with the parent company of the Toys R Us brand, TRU Kids, to help it relaunch ToysRUs.com. The deal will allow Toys R Us to once again have an online presence, post bankruptcy, as it simultaneously begins to open Toys R Us stores in the U.S. again. Ahead of this holiday season, it will open Toys R Us Adventure, “an immersive wonderland that celebrates the whims


You’ll be able to shop at Toys R Us online again — thanks to a little help from Target. Target announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with the parent company of the Toys R Us brand, TRU Kids, to help it relaunch ToysRUs.com. The deal will allow Toys R Us to once again have an online presence, post bankruptcy, as it simultaneously begins to open Toys R Us stores in the U.S. again. Ahead of this holiday season, it will open Toys R Us Adventure, “an immersive wonderland that celebrates the whims
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Target is going to power Toys R Us' new website

You’ll be able to shop at Toys R Us online again — thanks to a little help from Target.

Target announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with the parent company of the Toys R Us brand, TRU Kids, to help it relaunch ToysRUs.com.

The deal will allow Toys R Us to once again have an online presence, post bankruptcy, as it simultaneously begins to open Toys R Us stores in the U.S. again. And it could also be a huge boost to Target’s already-strong toy business ahead of this holiday season.

Starting Tuesday, shoppers who visit ToysRUs.com to buy the latest L.O.L. Surprise! dolls or Hot Wheels cars will be redirected to Target.com, to complete the purchase, once they select “buy.”

The companies declined to comment on how much of each sale goes to Target versus TRU Kids.

Tru Kids CEO Richard Barry, who previously worked as chief merchandising officer at Toys R Us, said Target was ultimately tapped to power the website because of its already impressive toy business, its strong supply chain and clear “understanding of the [toy] category.”

“We spoke to a lot of different folks as we went through this process,” Barry said. “What inspired me about Target was their investment in the category.”

He said the new site won’t be just for making purchases. Instead, TRU Kids hopes ToysRUs.com will become a resource for parents looking for the latest toys to buy, and an educational tool for kids. It will have videos, top toy lists and product reviews, for example.

“We have completely reimagined [the website] … to a site which is immersive and heavily content oriented,” Barry said. “One of the things we have been working on with the initial launch is to make the site very relevant for consumers this holiday season … with a big focus on the products we think will be magic this year.”

For Target, the deal builds on its investments in the toy aisles for more than a year.

Ahead of last holiday season, Target added a quarter-million square feet of space permanently dedicated to toys across more than 500 stores. About 100 stores received a fuller remodeling in the toy aisles. When it reported 2018 holiday results, Target said same-store sales were up 5.7%, with the toy category being one of its strongest.

At the end of August, it announced a deal with Disney to open Disney stores within its own stores, exclusively selling toys, apparel and accessories. Twenty-five of those shop-in-shops opened Friday and dozens are planned for the next year.

“Toys has always been an important category for Target,” said Nikhil Nayar, senior vice president of merchandising for Target. “Last year, with TRU not being in the marketplace … we accelerated that business.”

The Toys R Us deal will help “broaden our reach,” Nayar said, adding that Target is “confident” it has the right inventory in place this holiday season to handle any surge in orders. One bonus, he said, will be ToysRUs.com customers who get redirected to Target to complete a purchase will then add Target items to their shopping carts.

From a supply-chain standpoint, Target is seen by retail analysts as one of the best in the business, thanks to recent investments. It acquired delivery provider Shipt for $550 million two years ago, allowing it to offer customers same-day delivery for thousands of items. Target also offers online purchasers free curbside pickup at 1,500 stores and free in-store pickup at all 1,850 U.S. Target shops.

The partnership with Target marks one of a handful that have been announced by TRU Kids.

Through a joint venture with software retailer b8ta, it will open two permanent stores next month — at Simon Property Group’s The Galleria mall in Houston and at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey — marking Toys R Us’ return.

Toys R Us liquidated last year, forcing 800 U.S. stores to go dark. Under its new ownership, 10 Toys R Us stores are expected to open in the U.S. in 2020. Target said it will also power the online sales in those stores, should sales associates have to order any items that aren’t stocked.

TRU Kids also announced last month a partnership with Candytopia, the company known for its interactive candy exhibits, as part of its efforts to revive and evolve the toy store. Ahead of this holiday season, it will open Toys R Us Adventure, “an immersive wonderland that celebrates the whimsical, silly and fun of toys,” in Atlanta and in Chicago.

Following the Toys R Us bankruptcy, the company’s lenders acquired the rights to the Toys R Us brand name and the iconic Geoffrey the Giraffe mascot. Tru Kids, which is managing those brands now on behalf of the toy retailer’s lenders, has been trying to stage a comeback that reimagines how retailers might best take advantage of the Toys R Us legacy.

— CNBC’s Lauren Hirsch contributed to this report.


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Best Buy kicks off holiday season hiring with fairs across the country

Employees gather for a meeting before opening the doors at a Best Buy Co. store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.SAs the holidays approach, Best Buy has kicked off its seasonal hiring by hosting a number of job fairs. The electronics retailer said Monday it plans to hire “thousands” of workers to assist with the holiday shopping season. Best Buy will host a national fair on Oct. 10-11, where the company said all U.S. stores will hold interviews. Macy’s announced its plan to hire 80,000 temporary worke


Employees gather for a meeting before opening the doors at a Best Buy Co. store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.SAs the holidays approach, Best Buy has kicked off its seasonal hiring by hosting a number of job fairs. The electronics retailer said Monday it plans to hire “thousands” of workers to assist with the holiday shopping season. Best Buy will host a national fair on Oct. 10-11, where the company said all U.S. stores will hold interviews. Macy’s announced its plan to hire 80,000 temporary worke
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Best Buy kicks off holiday season hiring with fairs across the country

Employees gather for a meeting before opening the doors at a Best Buy Co. store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S

As the holidays approach, Best Buy has kicked off its seasonal hiring by hosting a number of job fairs.

The electronics retailer said Monday it plans to hire “thousands” of workers to assist with the holiday shopping season. Despite the increasingly tight labor market and concerns about how trade uncertainty will impact shopping this year, retailers have started hiring extra hands in anticipation of the holidays.

Best Buy will host a national fair on Oct. 10-11, where the company said all U.S. stores will hold interviews. The company said prospective workers can apply online or in person and that interviews will take place the same day with the potential to be hired on the spot. Hiring fairs for warehouse positions will also be held Oct. 10.

The company did not immediately respond to CNBC’s questions on whether it plans to hire more or fewer workers than last year.

The National Retail Federation expects retailers to hire between 530,000 and 590,000 temporary employees this year, compared with 554,000 in 2018. Macy’s announced its plan to hire 80,000 temporary workers, while Kohl’s announced it plans to hire 90,000 — both in line with their seasonal hiring in 2018. Target plans to hire 130,000, up from the 120,000 it planned to hire last year.

With the unemployment rate at a 50-year low, retailers are offering benefits and perks to attract seasonal workers. Best Buy said it offers “a flexible schedule, competitive wages, 401k eligibility and an employee discount.”

Last year, retailers became desperate for help during the holidays, offering workers bonuses and gift cards.


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The 20 best companies to work for during the holiday season—and what roles they’re hiring for

Retailers are gearing up for another blockbuster holiday shopping season — and they’re going to need all the help they can get in the form of seasonal hires. To do that, Glassdoor analyzed millions of reviews and salaries to rank the top companies to work for during the holiday season. It compiled data from part-time and full-time seasonal workers who held jobs in retail, customer service, sales, labor and transportation at companies who do the most holiday hiring. 1 spot as the best place to ta


Retailers are gearing up for another blockbuster holiday shopping season — and they’re going to need all the help they can get in the form of seasonal hires. To do that, Glassdoor analyzed millions of reviews and salaries to rank the top companies to work for during the holiday season. It compiled data from part-time and full-time seasonal workers who held jobs in retail, customer service, sales, labor and transportation at companies who do the most holiday hiring. 1 spot as the best place to ta
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The 20 best companies to work for during the holiday season—and what roles they're hiring for

Retailers are gearing up for another blockbuster holiday shopping season — and they’re going to need all the help they can get in the form of seasonal hires.

The National Retail Federation projects retailers will hire an estimated 530,000 to 590,000 seasonal workers this year, compared with 554,000 in 2018, to help shoppers who are expected to spend around $730 billion between November and December.

Given the heightened demand for retail workers, job-seekers may be in a good position to pick and choose a better work environment for the hectic shopping period.

To do that, Glassdoor analyzed millions of reviews and salaries to rank the top companies to work for during the holiday season. It compiled data from part-time and full-time seasonal workers who held jobs in retail, customer service, sales, labor and transportation at companies who do the most holiday hiring.

Despite having a reputation for nightmarish Black Friday crowds, Best Buy takes the No. 1 spot as the best place to take on a seasonal retail gig. Glassdoor notes that high marks for culture and values, senior leadership and career opportunities have a major impact on employee satisfaction, sometimes even more so than compensation and benefits. According to the career site, 78% of Best Buy employees would recommend their company to a friend, and 77% approve of the CEO.

FedEx, which ensures millions of presents are delivered by Christmas morning, comes in second, and apparel company American Eagle Outfitters ranks third. While retail job openings tick up throughout the summer, holiday hiring accelerates in September and tends to peak by mid-October, according to Glassdoor. Major players including Target, UPS, Amazon and Kohl’s made headlines for announcing ambitious holiday hiring plans last month, and many more will follow in the coming weeks.

Read on for the best companies to work for during the holidays.


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Retail trade group sees holiday sales rising 3.8% to 4.2% this year, citing ‘uncertainty over trade’

Holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — are expected to increase between 3.8% and 4.2% this year, reaching between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion, the National Retail Federation said on Thursday morning. The retail trade group cited “uncertainty over trade” as being a potential drag on the season this year, as the U.S. and China are set to resume trade talks later this month. NRF’s sales range sits below some other forecasts from reta


Holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — are expected to increase between 3.8% and 4.2% this year, reaching between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion, the National Retail Federation said on Thursday morning. The retail trade group cited “uncertainty over trade” as being a potential drag on the season this year, as the U.S. and China are set to resume trade talks later this month. NRF’s sales range sits below some other forecasts from reta
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Retail trade group sees holiday sales rising 3.8% to 4.2% this year, citing 'uncertainty over trade'

Holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — are expected to increase between 3.8% and 4.2% this year, reaching between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion, the National Retail Federation said on Thursday morning.

The retail trade group cited “uncertainty over trade” as being a potential drag on the season this year, as the U.S. and China are set to resume trade talks later this month. NRF’s sales range sits below some other forecasts from retail industry consultants, which are calling for growth of upwards of 5%.

The group said holiday retail sales have increased an average of 3.7% over the past five years.

It said it’s expecting online and other non-store sales in 2019, which are included in its total forecast, to climb between 11% and 14%, amounting to between $162.6 billion and $166.9 billion.

“There has clearly been a slowdown brought on by considerable uncertainty around issues including trade, interest rates, global risk factors and political rhetoric,” NRF CEO Matt Shay said in a statement. “Consumers are in good financial shape and retailers expect a strong holiday season. However, confidence could be eroded by continued deterioration of these and other variables.”

In 2018, according to NRF, holiday sales climbed just 2.1%, missing expected growth of between 4.3% and 4.8%. A rocky stock market was called out for weighing on consumer spending, particularly among wealthier shoppers.

NRF has, meanwhile, been a loud voice for retailers arguing against additional tariffs taking effect. Shay said last month: “This trade war has gone on far too long, and the harmful consequences for American businesses and consumers continue to grow.”

The group expects that tariffs will lead to higher consumer prices, which ultimately hurt consumer spending.

NRF’s chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said Thursday: “There are probably very few precedents for this uncertain macroeconomic environment. … There are many moving parts and lots of distractions that make predictions difficult.”

NRF said a September survey found 79% of consumers were concerned about tariffs leading to price hikes and impacting their shopping.

NRF is also calling for retailers to hire between 530,000 and 590,000 seasonal workers this year, compared with 554,000 in 2018. Macy’s on Thursday announced it plans to hire 80,000 temporary workers for the holidays, in line with its goals in 2018.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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This chart shows why the holidays are becoming less important to retailers

The holiday season is less and less important for retailers, as more shopping moves online, according to a new study. For comparison, Coresight said total retail sales over the past three months climbed 4.1%, from the same three-month period a year ago. The firm called out “the ongoing trend of holiday shopping becoming less important to key retailers.” It said the holiday season accounted for almost 24% of all retailers’ sales in the late 1990s, but is closer to 21% today. Holiday sales have dr


The holiday season is less and less important for retailers, as more shopping moves online, according to a new study. For comparison, Coresight said total retail sales over the past three months climbed 4.1%, from the same three-month period a year ago. The firm called out “the ongoing trend of holiday shopping becoming less important to key retailers.” It said the holiday season accounted for almost 24% of all retailers’ sales in the late 1990s, but is closer to 21% today. Holiday sales have dr
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This chart shows why the holidays are becoming less important to retailers

The holiday season is less and less important for retailers, as more shopping moves online, according to a new study.

Coresight Research said Tuesday it’s calling for a 4% increase in U.S. retail sales this November and December, which isn’t as robust as some estimates already out there. For comparison, Coresight said total retail sales over the past three months climbed 4.1%, from the same three-month period a year ago.

The firm called out “the ongoing trend of holiday shopping becoming less important to key retailers.” It said the holiday season accounted for almost 24% of all retailers’ sales in the late 1990s, but is closer to 21% today. And Coresight is expecting that percentage to continue to shrink.

Holiday sales have dropped the most over the years, as a percent of annual sales, for jewelry chains, the study found. That’s followed by sporting goods stores and then general merchandise stores.

The ease of online shopping throughout the year, with constant deal days, has accelerated this trend. Amazon’s Prime Day in July, for example, has led to more retailers like Target, Walmart and Kohl’s offering steep discounts on toys, apparel and electronics during the summer, in a bid to stay competitive. That pulls shoppers’ dollars forward and away from November and December.

Coresight is calling for a little more than 23% of all non-food retail sales to take place online this holiday season, up 200 basis points from in 2018.

The one issue retailers should we wary of — if this trend tracked by Coresight holds true — is ending up with too much inventory on their hands after the holiday season, if they’re planning to sell more than what ends up being the case. That could force companies to use heavy markdowns in January to clear the shelves and clothing racks. This weighs on profit margins at the start of the New Year.

A late Thanksgiving this year, falling on Nov. 28, means there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than in 2018. In fact, 2019 is the shortest possible holiday calendar scenario, Coresight noted in Tuesday’s report.


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Make 5 smart moves this fall to get your finances ready for the holidays

Spending tends to spike in the fall, as expenses for the holidays and travel costs begin adding up. Americans racked up more than $1,000 in holiday debt at the end of last year, according to MagnifyMoney’s annual post-holiday debt survey. Book holiday travel before HalloweenExperts say your best bet for getting a good deal on holiday travel is to book early. “Book both Thanksgiving and Christmas [flights] by Halloween,” Liana Corwin, a consumer travel expert with flight price-tracking app Hopper


Spending tends to spike in the fall, as expenses for the holidays and travel costs begin adding up. Americans racked up more than $1,000 in holiday debt at the end of last year, according to MagnifyMoney’s annual post-holiday debt survey. Book holiday travel before HalloweenExperts say your best bet for getting a good deal on holiday travel is to book early. “Book both Thanksgiving and Christmas [flights] by Halloween,” Liana Corwin, a consumer travel expert with flight price-tracking app Hopper
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Make 5 smart moves this fall to get your finances ready for the holidays

Spending tends to spike in the fall, as expenses for the holidays and travel costs begin adding up. Americans racked up more than $1,000 in holiday debt at the end of last year, according to MagnifyMoney’s annual post-holiday debt survey. Finding creative ways to add room in your budget and cash in your pocket now can help you avoid that fate this year. Consider these five strategies:

1. Book holiday travel before Halloween

Experts say your best bet for getting a good deal on holiday travel is to book early. “Book both Thanksgiving and Christmas [flights] by Halloween,” Liana Corwin, a consumer travel expert with flight price-tracking app Hopper, told Grow earlier this year. “November is when we see prices start to spike.” And even earlier is better, if possible. If you do have some flexibility around when you leave for or come back from your trip, you can shave hundreds of dollars off your travel costs by avoiding peak travel days. For example, the cheapest day to fly around Thanksgiving is the Monday before, with average round-trip prices of $288, about 20% cheaper than Wednesday, according to Hopper.

2. Cancel your gym membership

If your fall schedule is already packed with travel, family celebrations, and other holiday events, cancelling your gym membership or putting it on hold might be better bets than letting it sit idle. Monthly gym membership fees can cost you anywhere from $10 at places like Planet Fitness to more than $200 at upscale chains like Equinox. If you decide you want to get back on the treadmill afterwards, you may be able to take advantage of new member promotions. If possible, hold off on getting a new membership until January, when a lot of gyms offer New Year’s bonuses for people hoping to fulfill their health or fitness-related resolutions.

Book both Thanksgiving and Christmas [flights] by Halloween. November is when we see prices start to spike. Liana Corwin consumer travel expert, Hopper

3. Lay off the thermostat

As temperatures cool down, you can cut your utility bill by 10% or more just by making small changes to your home. Prepare for winter by sealing any cracks around your home that could let in cold air and force you to crank up the heat, says Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at Truetrae.com. “It’s inexpensive to do and you can save a lot on your heating bill once the cold weather hits,” he says. Another alternative is to invest in a smart thermostat, which automatically adjusts the temperature in your house depending on the time of day or whether you’re home.

4. Slow cook your favorite fall meals

Bodge says one way to cut down on the cost of food is to use a slow cooker during the fall and winter months, especially if you spent all summer dining out. Many popular slow cooker recipes like chicken tacos or beef stew can cost as little as $5 to make, or can feed the whole family for under $2 per person. With a slow cooker, you can add in all the ingredients for your meal at once, and since it turns off by itself, you are free to use your time to complete other items on your to-do list.

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“Cook easy and inexpensive soups and casseroles instead of going out,” says Bodge. Maximize savings by cooking with seasonal vegetables like winter squash and beets, which are up to 50% less expensive than out-of-season produce. To save even more, consider purchasing store brand ingredients for certain items, which typically cost about half the price of name-brand items, according to a report from Policygenius.

5. Start holiday shopping now


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