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.
Huntington Beach Independent
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:41:15 -0700
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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:07:30 -0700
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The Caledonia Argus (subscription)
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:22:30 -0700
There was always one job that I really wanted to apply for in my hometown. It was called “secret shopper” and it meant that the store hired you to shop and then report to the home office about the salespeople's behavior. How a sales person behaves was ...
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:33:19 -0700
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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:02:49 -0700
After 17 years as an emergency room and intensive care unit nurse, Teres Lucot found another way to comfort people. “Retail therapy is like nursing, because it's about taking care of the customer,” says Lucot, owner of Trunk Shows Boutique in Upper St ...
Stock Market Wire
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:12:44 -0700
FTSE up on investors' retail therapy, as Wall St rises. 16 April 2014 | 17:10pm. StockMarketWire.com - FTSE indices closed up, recouping some recent-session losses, with the broader retail sector prominent as financial stocks and miners also gained in ...
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:02:47 -0700
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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:41:15 -0700
Tax Relief: Today's Best Retail Therapy. Retailers offer April 15 sales to ease the pain. Posted on 4/15/2014 11:26:00 AM by Kelly Kendall. Did you find the overnight snowfall to be … oh, I don't know … taxing? *rimshot* Make April 15 a little easier ...
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