December 18, 2012 |
Americans reportedly plan to travel in big numbers this holiday season, setting new records in Southern California and the state at large. But the hottest Christmas destinations are in the Sunshine State, not the Golden State. Orlando beat out New York and Chicago as the top Christmas destinations among travelers using the travel website Kayak.com. And, compared with last year, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando had the biggest increases in searches for Christmas travel, according to the website.
December 18, 2012 |
The economy is on the mend, unemployment is on the decline and fuel prices have dropped for more than two months, setting the stage for the busiest holiday travel period in history. Nearly 11.7 million Californians are expected to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday season, with 7.3 million of those coming from Southern California, posting what the Automobile Club of Southern California predicts will be records. The travel numbers represent a 1.8% increase over last year for both the state and the region.Travelacross the U.S. is expected to reach its highest level in six years, according to the Auto Club.
December 15, 2012 |
Struggling Best Buy Co., hoping that the Christmas season will boost its fortunes, agreed Friday to give founder and former chairman Richard Schulze more time to make a takeover bid for the electronics chain. The announcement came amid a two-day burst of trading that ended about where it started. The stock went up nearly 16% to $14.12 on Thursday with word of an imminent bid from Schulze, only to be followed Friday with a drop of $2.07, or 14.7%, to $12.05 with news of the delay.
December 9, 2012 |
Deck the halls, plum the pudding, make merry under the mistletoe: The holidays are party season and now's your time to shine. And whether you're headed to the festivities directly from the office or just need to get ready fast, the quickest way to add glamour to your look is by paying attention to lips and eyes. "Lashes and lipstick are really the quickest, easiest way to make the transition from day to evening," says Gina Brooke, Intraceuticals skin care ambassador and former Shu Uemura artistic director, whose celebrity clients have included Anne Hathaway and Madonna.
December 4, 2012 |
Flying for the holidays has gotten a bit more expensive this year. The average airline ticket price for domestic flights departing in the last two weeks of December was recently $469, a 4% increase over the same period last year, according to ticket sales on Priceline.com, one of the world's largest travel websites. The increase is in line with airfare hikes earlier in the year of about 4%, according to Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation's airlines. A spokeswoman for the trade group said airline prices have not risen as fast as inflation over the last few years.
December 3, 2012 |
The Santa Monica Nativity scene will go on display after all -- on private property, where it belongs. The holiday display in a city park had become a divisive issue in Santa Monica, which had instituted a lottery for holiday displays -- spots that were mostly won by atheist groups. Faced with the requirement of either fairly allowing all religious beliefs to have space or none, the city opted for the latter. Court challenges to that decision lost. I'd take it one step further.
December 3, 2012 |
The flu season has gotten off to its quickest start in nearly a decade, a sign that it could be a bad year for the illness, officials said on Monday. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged people to get a flu shot to minimize the impact of the deadly disease's spread. Speaking to publicize National Influenza Vaccination Week, Frieden said a flu shot was the best tool available to stop the spread of the disease, along with covering your mouth when coughing and washing your hands.
December 1, 2012 |
Americans associate the holidays with many things: mob scenes at the malls, heavy meals with the relatives and an abundance - some would say overabundance - of movies. Award-worthy movies. Family movies. Big action spectacles. Small indie tear-jerkers. All of which are lumped into a convenient package with a Hollywood bow on it called the holiday movie season. It's the time of year when the studios jockey for the biggest slice of the audience pie as well as promoting their prestige films for the plethora of awards to come, including the Golden Globes, the guild awards and the crown jewel, the Academy Awards - in other words, pursuing both cash and class.
November 29, 2012 |
Despite robust sales on Black Friday, the nation's retailers reported weak sales in November, raising concerns about whether merchants can make up enough ground in the coming weeks of the crucial holiday season. Hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath, major retailers such as Macy's Inc., Kohl's Corp. and Target Corp. reported sales declines. Luxury retailers saw troubles as well. Tiffany & Co. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit plunged 30%, and department store chain Nordstrom Inc. saw sales drop 1.1% in November.
November 27, 2012 |
A survey of 10 major U.S. cities has found that L.A. residents are less likely to travel this holiday season than residents of other metro areas. The reason? LAX? No, it's just that their pockets and purses aren't deep enough right now. The survey, by Harris Interactive for Inspirato, polled 2,500 adults in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and examined a variety of travel habits during the holiday season, beginning around Thanksgiving and ending right after the new year.