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125 shopping days left: Retailers start Xmas deals

Kelli B. Grant
August 22, 2013

Even before the school bells are ringing for many families, retailers are sounding sleigh bells.

Yes, that’s right. With 120-plus shopping days left, stores are already talking up their holiday offers.

Toys R Us [1] announced Wednesday that it would expand its price-match guarantee to include online retailers including Amazon.com [2]Walmart.com [3]Target.com [4] andBestBuy.com [5], among others. The aim, according to the release, “Removing any doubt before holiday shopping begins in earnest that customers are receiving the best available prices.”

Also on Wednesday, Walmart announced it will drop the $5 fee it charged shoppers in previous years to open a layaway account. Shoppers can begin putting eligible items on layaway for the holidays on Sept. 13, with the retailer’s Facebook fans gaining access two days earlier.

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