Retailers report a healthy spike in holiday sales

Consumers shopped at stores and online outlets at a solid pace in December, closing out a healthy holiday season for retailers. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, after a 0.9 percent surge in November. Retail sales rose 4.2 percent in 2017, the

Retail stocks dive on Macy’s weak holiday sales

Department store stocks were tanking on Thursday as Macy’s reported an anemic sales rise for the holiday period. Macy’s comparable sales for the holiday season inched up a just 1 percent, and the largest department store improved its guidance for the full year, predicting that its comparable sales decline

Brit woman dies in Majorca after falling from yacht at Palma marina

A BRIT has been found dead after falling from a boat docked at an upmarket marina in the Majorcan capital Palma. Cops probing the woman's disappearance discovered the 43-year-old’s body yesterday after her husband reported her missing just before midday. It is claimed that the couple had been involved in

Holiday returns might take a lot longer than you thought

If you thought holiday shopping was hell, wait until you try to return stuff. Picky gift recipients could be faced with lengthy waits next week as they queue up to return and exchange unwanted Christmas loot, industry experts warn. That’s because most retailers will be woefully understaffed — just like

Celebs are really going for it this holiday season

’Tis the season for haute-holiday looks from our favorite celebrities. Much like the rest of 2017, this December’s theme seems to be “no limits” . . . This photo is full of Christmas cheer, with a tree, reindeer and sexy elf Lady Gaga. Forget ugly sweaters. Christina Aguilera wore an embroidered blazer, cowboy hat

For some, working on Christmas comes with the territory

His mother wanted him home in Old Saybrook, Conn. for Christmas, no excuses, no matter what. His boss demanded that he spend Dec.25 in Lower Manhattan at the offices of the investment bank where he worked. There was a pitch to prepare and perfect before the managing director

Trump wishes troops a Merry Christmas, tells them ‘we’re winning’

President Donald Trump delivered a Christmas Eve message to members of the military — telling them “We’re winning!” against terrorism — via video teleconference Sunday morning. The president addressed members from five units deployed overseas, complimenting them on how well they were doing in the fight against terrorism. “We’re winning,”

NYC retailers rock the holidays with extravagant displays

Retailers’ holiday-inspired displays helped lure some of the 6 million visitors to Gotham to do their shopping between Thanksgiving and New Year’s — an all-time high, according to NYC & Co., the city’s official marketing organization. The city’s department stores went all out this year with holiday glitz. Macy’s,

Wall Street is approaching Christmas with a different outlook

Jet-setting with the entourage to luxury Caribbean resorts is just one of the many fine pleasures for bankers and deal-makers this Christmas season. But Wall Street is also ditching some of the old and expensive indulgences, driven in part by fallout from the last financial crisis, according to

Jewish family pulls off a ‘Toys for Tots’ Christmas miracle

A Jewish family from Connecticut has pulled off a Christmas miracle for 2,200 needy kids in New York City. The family sprang into action when Toys for Tots was overwhelmed by demand and didn’t have enough toys to go around. Within 24 hours, Gabriella Rizack, 22, her dad, Joshua, and

Boy, 5, calls 911 to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas

A little boy from Mississippi is on Santa’s nice list this year after tipping off police to the Grinch’s plot to steal Christmas. “I just want to tell you something. Watch for that little Grinch,” 5-year-old TyLon Bittman said in a 911 call to the Byram Police Department on

This is the saddest state capital Christmas tree

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Christmas tree in the rotunda at the Rhode Island Statehouse is dead. Piles of needles were blanketing the area below the tree Friday, beneath several bare branches. When touched, needles dropped instantly. The tree was sitting in a large container of water, also filled with

NYPD cops dress up to spread holdiay cheer

Brooklyn police officers traded their uniforms to play a less serious — but equally as rewarding role — on Thursday evening, when they dressed as Santa Claus and superheroes to visit those in need of some holiday cheer. Police officers from the Brooklyn North precinct dressed as Saint Nick,

Press ends ‘piegate’ feud with White House dessert party

Reporters dug into chocolate-pecan pie with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Thursday – ending the months-long “piegate” controversy. see also “Piegate is over!” declared April Ryan, the Washington, DC, bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, who blasted Sanders in November for allegedly baking a fake pie. “It’s a

Holiday Beauty Looks For Every Party On Your Calendar

Holiday party season is in full swing, and if you ask us, there’s no better time to play around with your makeup. It’s easy to swipe on that go-to red lipstick or your favorite eyeshadow, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up. Why not try a bold fuchsia lip? Or maybe

Americans are spending less on Christmas gifts this year: poll

Maybe this isn’t the year to get that pricey new car or take that expensive cruise. Maybe it is time for a lot less stress by spending a lot less on the holidays. That’s what several polls are finding after asking people about their holiday shopping plans. Smaller gifts will

Students left scrambling as Juilliard closes dorms during holidays

Some Juilliard students will be singing the blues this holiday season because, for the first time, the performing-arts school is closing its dorm during winter break. The closure from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7 struck a low note with international students who can’t afford tickets home and are now

The Christmas bar for people who ‘love to hate the holidays’

Kris Kringle would cringe. Jingle Hell’s, an anti-holiday pop-up bar on the Lower East Side, is making even bad Santas blush with a neon, roof-top display featuring a urinating St. Nick, fornicating reindeer and a vomiting snowman. The gin mill, which temporarily took over The Skinny on Orchard and Stanton

Mistletoe at Grand Central Terminal kissed goodbye

A day after getting their chestnuts roasted over a p.r. fire, an organization removed a display of holiday mistletoe around Grand Central Terminal that many women thought encouraged strangers to grab and kiss them. Grand Central Partnership head Fred Cerullo said the group took down the “kissletoe” — and

The Best Websites For Unique Gifts, Stocking Stuffers And More

Every holiday season we try and get a unique gift for our loved ones. Only to realize that finding super niche and specific gifts is a difficult task. So we panic and retreat back to our old ways, gifting a boring candle, body lotion, or scarf. (#momsdeservebetter) This year, to help

Why Is Mistletoe Used For Kissing?

“222 Words” is a series that gives you brief, 222-word explanations to the questions that would normally get lost in a day’s news cycle. Read them while you’re bored at work. It’s not really clear why you’re supposed to kiss under mistletoe. There are many theories: Druids might have hung mistletoe for good luck,

More bosses are about to ruin Christmas

There’s no bonus to being a good employee this year. “Higher corporate profits, low unemployment, and high economic confidence among employers is not translating to more cash-based year-end bonuses,” concludes a survey of 150 HR execs released Wednesday by global outplacement and executive coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas,

Town up in arms over 300,000-light holiday display

The holiday spirit is taking a beating in one Connecticut town — where neighbors are saying bah, humbug to a dazzling display of Christmas lights that draws thousands of gawkers and raises cash for sick kids. But the display, which features more than 300,000 lights, a model train and