Macy's Profit Pop Boosts Holiday Sales Optimism

Holiday sales can represent 20% to 40% of annual sales for retailers, according to the National Retail Federation. "Our business improved during the quarter, with particular strength in October, so we are entering the fourth quarter with confidence," Lundgren said in a press release. "Our success in the fourth quarter will be driven by a wide selection of exclusive products from the most-wanted brands and designers. We will bring them to our customers, whether they shop in our stores, online, via mobile or all three." Despite a still-sluggish economy, U.S. shoppers are expected to spend 9.1% more on holiday gifts this year, according to a recent survey from Deloitte, which was conducted before the 16-day government shutdown last month. Karen Hoguet, Macy's chief financial officer, said in a conference call that both Macy's, including its flagship store in New York City, and Bloomingdale's performed well in the third quarter. Sales were broad-based and strengthened "across all major categories of business," she said. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

‘The Best Man Holiday’ movie review: Sequel is both a romp and a shameless tearjerker

displayComments:true! The Best Man Holiday movie review: Sequel is both a romp and a shameless tearjerker Michael Gibson/AP - Harper (Taye Diggs), left, Lance (Morris Chestnut), Julian (Harold Perrineau) and Quentin (Terrence Howard) share a dance number in The Best Man Holiday, which takes place 15 years after the group gathered for Lances wedding (as detailed in The Best Man). Has it really been nearly 15 years? In 1999, The Best Man became a hit romantic comedy , a launching pad for several of its attractive, gifted young stars and part of an amazing wave of African American rom-coms that included Love & Basketball , Love Jones , Soul Food and How Stella Got Her Groove Back . Its taken writer-director Malcolm D. Lee this long to deliver a sequel, The Best Man Holiday , but his timing is propitious. Not only has his ensemble aged remarkably well, but his film also is once again part of an exciting time in black film, in this case a year that has spanned the reassuring uplift of 42 and Lee Daniels The Butler , the searing history of 12 Years a Slave and such vibrant contemporary stories as Fruitvale Station and Newlyweeds . Oh yes, and Peeples and Baggage Claim , which share more than a little DNA with The Best Man, which was that rare Hollywood movie that presented African American life not as an urban problem but as a lush wish-fulfillment fantasy of prosperity, friendship and faith. Get ideas Those principles also propel The Best Man Holiday, which begins with an efficient sequence of flashbacks and updates: Harper (Taye Diggs), after becoming a bestselling author, hasnt written a book for a while (hint, hint Mr. Lee?). <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Holiday Theatre Etiquette: Ten Mannerly Tips

Turn off your technology. As many times as we have been reminded, it remains a continued nuisance in theatres and other public places. Avoid the temptation to take a peek at your cell phone, or glance down for a quick text, as the light from your screen will illuminate around you. This includes posting to Facebook, Instagram or any other social media during a performance. Taking pictures is prohibited and any and all flashes should be turned completely off throughout the performance. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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