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Retail Sales Increased 0.6% in November

Holiday shoppers took advantage of deep discounting and early sales to lift retail spending in November, says the National Retail Federation. Not including automobiles, gasoline stations or restaurants, retail sales increased 0.6% seasonally-adjusted over October and 3.2% unadjusted over November 2013. Gains were consistent with NRF’s holiday sales forecast, which anticipates an increase of 4.1% over last year.

Sally Beauty, Princess Cruises Partner, Offer Sweepstakes

Sally Beauty Supply has partnered with Princess Cruises for a sweepstakes that will offer a grand prize that includes a balcony stateroom for two on the winner's choice of two seven-day itineraries to either the eastern or western Caribbean. The prize includes all regular shipboard meals and entertainment, as well as fees and taxes, and round-trip airfare to the nearest airport of embarkation.

More Holiday Shoppers Pay With Smartphones

Nearly 30% of U.S. smartphone owners plan to use mobile payment offerings, such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet, for shopping in stores this holiday shopping season, according to the 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey from Stratos, creator of the Bluetooth Connected Card Platform.

In fact, 17% of the smartphone users said they would spend more because of these new payment options. Smartphone users wanted to use mobile payments applications such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet in these locations for the holidays:

Marsala is the 2015 Color of the Year

Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, has been announced as the Color of the Year for 2015 by global color authority PANTONE, an X-Rite company.

ULTA Beauty Releases Its Third-Quarter 2014 Results

ULTA Beauty announced Dec. 4 its financial results for the third-quarter 2014 and first nine months that ended Nov. 1, as compared to the same periods that ended Nov. 2, 2013.