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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: People carry shopping bags along Broadway on December 2, 2013 in New York City. According to the National Retail Federation, retail spending over the Thanksgiving weekend fell for the first time in at least seven years. The group estimates that total spending over the holiday weekend fell to $57.4 billion, down 2.7% from a year ago despite significant sales and discounts at most major retailers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People carry shopping bags along Broadway on December 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Holiday sales report shows challenge for 2016

Holiday shoppers flocked online during the critical holiday shopping season, but overall sales in November and December were disappointing.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Shoppers hold packages on Regent Street during the Boxing Day sales on December 26, 2015 in London, England. Boxing Day is one of the busiest days for retail outlets with thousands taking advantage of the post-Christmas sale prices. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Holiday spending up 8 percent, online sales surge

Americans have been doing more of their shopping by sitting at home -- and they've been buying more items to sit on. And overall, spending during the holidays is up by nearly eight percent from a year ago.

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Amazon Prime employee Alicia Jackson hunts for items at the company's urban fulfillment facility that have been ordered by customers, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in New York. This holiday season Amazon says its Prime customers, using the Amazon Prime Now app, can choose from thousands of items including gifts, pantry items, and electronics and get free delivery in less than two hours through Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Amazon Prime employee Alicia Jackson hunts for items at the company's urban fulfillment facility, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Last minute holiday shopper? There’s an app for that

Procrastinators, rejoice. This year there are more apps and services than ever before to help last-minute shoppers.

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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Online sales growth so far this holiday season is surpassing growth in sales at physical stores, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments from Oct. 31 through Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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Holiday sales pattern skews online; malls lose some luster

More often shoppers are making the decision to sit on their couches rather than head to stores this holiday season.

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FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2015 file photo, shoppers carry bags as they cross a pedestrian walkway near Macy's in Herald Square in New York. The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping. Sales of cold-weather items have been particularly icy. Sales of women's boots in New York, are down 24 percent for the first half of December, according to Planalytics, a weather forecasting firm for retailers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2015 file photo, shoppers carry bags as they cross a pedestrian walkway near Macy's in Herald Square in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Warm weather leaves stores in the cold

The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping.

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Christmas tree decorated with presents
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Just hear Operation Sleighbells jingling, bringing gifts to NJ kids

All parents want their children to be able to open up the presents of their dreams on Christmas morning, but for cash-strapped families in Monmouth and Ocean counties, that may not be feasible from year to year.

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Shopping online? 5 safety tips you need to know

'Tis the season for cyber crime.

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potentially hazardous toys cited in NJPIRG'S Trouble in Toyland report
Potentially hazardous toys cited in NJPIRG'S Trouble in Toyland report. (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Before you shop: These kids toys deemed a danger to children

Toxic chemicals and choking hazards are available at a store near you this holiday season.

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Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Are we over Black Friday?

Black Friday has always served as the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, but we are seeing a shift in that trend.

The shopping season continues to start earlier and earlier, and it continues to run later and later...

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"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season
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Holiday shoppers getting an early start

Although we have not even reached Black Friday yet, consumers are wasting little time jumping headfirst into their holiday shopping.

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