Retail therapy is shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer's mood or disposition. Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as "comfort buys".
Retail therapy was first used as a term in the 1980s with the first reference being this sentence in the Chicago Tribune of Christmas Eve 1986: "We've become a nation measuring out our lives in shopping bags and nursing our psychic ills through retail therapy." 
In 2001, the European Union conducted a study finding that 33% of shoppers surveyed had "high level of addiction to rash or unnecessary consumption". This was causing debt problems for many. The same study also found that young Scottish people had the highest susceptibility to binge purchasing.
Researchers at Melbourne University have advocated its classification as a psychological disorder called oniomania or compulsive shopping disorder.
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South Australia bucked the national retail spending trend in March. It's a ray of light, amid six months of negative numbers. See more at tennews.com.au.
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Huntington Beach Independent
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:15:00 -0700
Art escape: This Saturday and Sunday, join 12 local Festival of Arts exhibiting artists at their studios and homes along Pacific Coast Highway from Laguna Beach to San Clemente. Those who visit all 12 locations will be entered to receive a piece of ...
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:56:15 -0700
The Fresno Bee. The Urban Outfitters at Fashion Fair mall is now an Urban Outfitters Surplus with lower prices, a ping pong table and video games. BETHANY CLOUGH/THE FRESNO BEE. Recent Headlines. Retail Therapy: Urban Outfitters revamps Fresno ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:56:45 -0700
Nicole Sullivan and her business, Sweet Boutique Bakery in Belk at Cross Creek Mall, will be making a selection of sweets for the U.S. Open. The three treats in front of her are some of the sweets planned. From left they are red velvet cupcakes, Arnold ...
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:45:00 -0700
Welcome to Sarasota Magazine's Retail Therapy blog, where writer Tatyana Sharoubim will be be sharing her favorite local fashion and home decor picks. April 21, 2014. t georgiano's sarasota. Welcome to Sarasota Magazine's Retail Therapy blog!
Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:07:30 -0700
You can't accuse the mob at Myer of being surrender monkeys. When dumped by David Jones for a rival retailer earlier this month, Myer chairman Paul McClintock obviously thought it was time to hunt down some fresh bargains in the market. A notice lodged ...
Huntington Beach Independent
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:41:15 -0700
Set sail for Newport: Visitors are welcome to view the 65th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race starting at 11 a.m. April 25 off the Balboa Pier. The last boat is expected to pass by at 1:30 p.m. More than 130 boats enter the competition ...
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:47:38 -0700
Did you find the overnight snowfall to be … oh, I don't know … taxing? *rimshot* Make April 15 a little easier on yourself with themed Tax Day deals from retailers. 8Fifteen (815 E. 65th St., 317-253-1234) is offering 10 percent off everything (just ...
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:33:19 -0700
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