retail

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Staff at JCPenney in Bellevue are preparing for the store’s closure. In November the store ends its 59-year run in Bellevue Square.

JCPenney, a flagship of the middle class, has been struggling for years. The Texas-based retailer closed 33 under-performing stores across the country earlier this year. Then in September it added Bellevue to the list.

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The holiday shopping season is officially in full swing. Perhaps you got out this weekend and took advantage of some sales, maybe you are partaking in Cyber Monday sales at this very moment. 

All this retail hype got us thinking about how hard this time of year might be for someone who is addicted to shopping so we called up psychologist and author April Benson and asked her for her advice on handling compulsive shopping during the holiday season. 

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Cyber Monday – an extension of the traditional holiday shopping season kick-off – was supposedly in response to data that suggested a large increase in online shopping on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

However, according to Slate writer Will Oremus, that assumption is based off of a sham cooked up in 2005 by the National Retail Federation who said that the Monday after Thanksgiving was a big day for online sales.

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David Hyde talks with Washington Post reporter Lydia DePillis about why internet giants are venturing into traditional brick and mortar.