The fear of criminals trying to steal credit card data has increased according to a survey by Transaction Network Services, which was largely based in America, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Four US retailers are facing US$1.3 million in penalties after being found guilty of misleadingly labelling items of clothing as being made from bamboo. Consumer NZ says the cases should act as a warning to retailers in New Zealand.
Stampedes. Stabbings. Pepper spray used as a weapon. Children hospitalised after being trampled. Shoppers stepping over people in the throes of a heart attack. Gunfights at dawn in the parking lot. Retailers in the US and UK could be forgiven for a few nerves ahead of Black Friday on November 27.
Retail sales in the third quarter of this year have stayed resilient, with a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent increase in sales. However, Retail NZ says retailers will keen for trade to pick up in the crucial period leading up to Christmas. PLUS: view our graphic showing how retail sales have changed over the last 17 years.