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Amazon says independent sellers brought in $4.8 billion over Black Friday weekend

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Amazon said Tuesday that independent sellers brought in more than $4.8 billion in worldwide sales from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, an increase of more than 60% from 2019.With sales from the past weekend, the e-commerce giant also said that 2020 already has become…... Read More

Local Christmas tree farmers spread holiday cheer amid unprecedented year

By HALEY YAMADA and ERIC NOLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After a virus that has separated so many, early Christmas tree shoppers are looking to get back to their roots and focus on what’s important: family.Across the country, Americans are picking up their Christmas trees earlier this year and many…... Read More

Cyber Monday expected to be biggest online shopping day in US history

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Cyber Monday is expected to become the largest online shopping day in history, according to preliminary data from industry analysts.Analysts predict consumers will spend anywhere from $10.8 billion to $12.7 billion on Monday, a 15% to 35% increase compared to last Cyber Monday,…... Read More

Online scalpers using bots to snatch up PS5, Xbox Series X consoles

By ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are some of the most sought after gifts this holiday season. But both video game consoles are nearly impossible to get and sell out within seconds when they become available online.As ABC News’ Becky Worley explains in…... Read More

Bill that could help Black farmers reclaim millions of acres 'a step in the right direction'

BY: MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — There was a time when Black-owned farms were booming -- before those farmers were stripped of tens of thousands of acres because of racist policies. Now, most rural land in the U.S. owned by white people. But now, finally, a new piece…... Read More

Black Friday hits new record: Report

BY: ZUNAIRA ZAKI, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — Black Friday hit a new record with consumers spending $9.0 billion, an increase of 21.6% year over year (online sales hit $7.4 billion on Black Friday in 2019), according to Adobe Analytics data. It was the second-largest online spending day in U.S.…... Read More

Black Friday 2020: Tips on the best deals to look out for

By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Black Friday 2020 is upon us, and several retailers have already started rolling out huge deals and steals.Big box retailers such as Walmart and Target started releasing deep discounts on products earlier this month, and many other stores are planning to…... Read More

How to help food banks this Thanksgiving as COVID-19 deepens demand

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- During the holiday season, people typically look to schools, churches, grocery stores and other community events to donate food to those in need.But ahead of Thanksgiving, food banks are swamped with increased demand due to the continued fallout from the pandemic with…... Read More

Weekly unemployment filings surge to 778,000 last week as virus cases rise

By MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some 778,000 workers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Department of Labor said Wednesday.This is an uptick of 30,000 compared to the previous week, and the second consecutive week that the weekly tally…... Read More

Nearly 1 million Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers recalled due to potential burn hazard

By THE GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one million Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers are being recalled due to a potential burn hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).The voluntary recall of Sunbeam Products' Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers comes as millions of Americans are preparing for holiday…... Read More

Restaurant near White House flooded with donations to keep feeding homeless

By DEVIN DWYER and SARAH HERNDON, ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- In the heart of Washington's big-money lobbying and law firm district, restaurateur Kazi Mannan has been serving up kebabs and curries to the rich and the poor for nearly a decade."These are my mom's recipes that we use because we…... Read More