February 22, 2003 |
Harlan's Holiday, who had his biggest win as a 3-year-old in the 2002 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, heads a field of 11 in the $500,000 Donn Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Owned by Starlight Stable and now trained by Todd Pletcher after winning half of his 12 starts for original trainer Ken McPeek, Harlan's Holiday won his first start of the year Feb. 2. The 7-10 favorite, he was kept wide by jockey John Velasquez and went on to a workmanlike win in 1:42 1/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
September 5, 2011 |
As retailers head into the all-important holiday season, they have reason to be optimistic: Months of solid sales are widely expected to carry through to the end of the year, when shoppers are most likely to open their wallets. Positive holiday performance could have a far-reaching effect. With consumer spending accounting for about 70% of the nation's economic activity, robust sales could breathe life into what has been a sluggish year so far for the broader economy. Many industry analysts are predicting a good — but not great — holiday season.
December 28, 2009 |
After a holiday season marked by uncertainty and discounts, early sales figures coming out of the nation's malls, big-box stores and supermarkets showed improvement in a range of retail categories. Total retail sales from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 improved 3.6% from the same period a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by SpendingPulse, an information service of MasterCard Advisors. That figure includes traditional holiday-shopping destinations such as apparel and electronics chains as well as outlets such as grocery stores, furniture sellers and drugstores.
December 17, 2010 |
It's tempting at this time of year, with worn-out Christmas tunes blaring nonstop through every grocery store, hair salon and shopping mall from here to the Atlantic, to believe that, musically speaking, there's nothing new under the holiday sun. But you've never really heard "Jingle Bells" until you've heard it sung by Tuvan throat singers in an arrangement that sounds like bluegrass from one of the outer rings of Saturn. That's one of the sonic surprises that's likely to greet audiences this weekend when forward-gazing banjo player Béla Fleck brings his band, the Flecktones through Southern California on a brief holiday tour highlighting music from their Grammy Award-winning 2008 album, "Jingle All the Way. " For that collection, which snagged the pop instrumental album award two years ago, 11-time Grammy winner Fleck and his genre-blind associates did what they'd been doing for nearly two decades: They threw out the rule book, abandoned all sense of musical convention and let their inspiration run wild.
January 24, 2012 |
Remember when seeing an Apple Inc. iPad on a bus, an airplane or the subway was a startling new experience? Now you might be startled not to see one. Over the holiday season, so many people bought tablets for each other (and, presumably, themselves), that U.S. tablet ownership nearly doubled among adults, to 19% in January from 10% a month earlier. The rate is growing quickly: In May 2010, shortly after the debut of the iPad, only about 3% of consumers over age 16 owned tablets, according to survey information from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
October 4, 2011 |
Toys R Us Inc. is expanding its layaway program and offering special Bill Me Later finance plans to help consumers budget for the holidays. The nation's largest toy chain, which in 2009 launched a layaway program on big-ticket items such as bikes and later added other eligible categories, said that beginning Oct. 15 it would offer layaway on nearly all playthings in 450 of about 600 Toys R Us stores nationwide. Toys R Us President Neil Friedman said the retailer hoped the program's expansion would help parents reserve their gifts "early in the season when selection is best.