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Larry Magid: Does Social Media Influence Consumer’s Purchases?

According to a Gallup study, 62 percent of Americans don’t feel influenced at all by social media when it comes to their shopping and purchasing habits.


Customers walk out of a Sears store. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland Could Say Goodbye To Sears; Plans For Uptown Redevelopment In Limbo

Oakland may be a step closer to biding farewell to its last remaining major downtown retailer. However, a deal to redevelop the old Sears building in Uptown into housing, a hotel and various retail outlets has fallen through.



Number Of California College Grads Taking Jobs In Retail, Restaurants Doubles

Young college graduates in California are facing a bleaker job outlook than just five years ago.


Police monitor activity outside Gill Tract in Albany after putting up barricades, May 9, 2012. (CBS)

Albany City Council Approves Controversial Gill Tract Development

The controversial University Village Mixed Use Project would include a senior housing complex, mixed retail center and Whole Foods Market.


Marni For H&M Hits Bay Area Stores

Marni For H&M Hits Bay Area Stores

Marni for H&M has officially hit 260 H&M stores worldwide, including the 12 locations in the Bay Area, in part with a little help from director Sofia Coppola…


Santana Row shopping district in San Jose. (istockphoto)

Santana Row Expansion Shows Silicon Valley Is Booming

Cruise the main drag near Santana Row, Silicon Valley’s popular shopping and residential strip in San Jose, and you might forget about the sour economy. The upscale development is packed – nearly every office and retail space is occupied.


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Bay Area Expert Expects Big Numbers For Cyber Monday

This follows the big numbers that were seen in stores on Black Friday, up 7 percent from last year.



Governor Brown Signs Compromise On Internet Taxes

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that postpones new sales taxes rules that would have affected online purchases in California.


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ConsumerWatch: Self Esteem And Shopping, Free Shipping

An estimated 40% of women shop online and a joint study by the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and Arizona State University may have found out why. The study indicates that shoppers with lower self-esteem are less likely to buy an item that they try on if a more attractive shopper is wearing the same thing.



Bay Area Coffee Shops Pressed By Rising Bean Prices

An increase in retail coffee prices could be brewing as the wholesale cost of coffee beans continues to rise.