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'Small Business Saturday' Aims To Drive Local Economy

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren't the only deal-packed days... there's also Small Business Saturday.

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Retail Arms Race Escalates To New Level

Host Scott Simon talks to retail analyst Patty Edwards of Trutina Financial about the escalating holiday-retail battle: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and this year, the big-box stores which opened on Thursday night.
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Glitzy Burgundy Wine Auction Taps Celebrities

For more than 150 years, a charity auction has kicked off the wine season in France's Burgundy grape-growing region. It's turned into an A-list rendezvous for international industry players — this year attracting former supermodel and first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and record prices.
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Shopping? Small Retailers Want Your Business, Too

The idea behind Small Business Saturday is to direct consumers to mom-and-pop stores that probably didn't get swamped by the Black Friday bonanza. These small businesses might not have the best deal on a TV, but experts say they are an important factor in overall economic recovery.
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Are Black Friday Deals Unbeatable?

Not according to an analysis by pricing research firm Decide Incorporated and The Wall Street Journal. They found that many products with so-called "doorbuster" deals were available at even lower prices other times of the year — even at the same retailer.
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Maryland Walmart Employees Take Part In Nationwide Walkout

Walmart employees across the country are participating in walkouts to protest benefits and hours extending to Thanksgiving. In the D.C. area, only one store appears to have seen a protest.

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Why 'Black Friday' Has Dark Roots

Retailers say the day after Thanksgiving is when they start making profits and heading into the black. But the term has a long history predating the shopping bonanza — nearly all of it negative.

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