| Jan 17, 2014
| 2:51 PM
WASHINGTON -- U.S. industrial production last year grew faster than the overall economy, speeding up especially in the fourth quarter. Yet factories added only about 60,000 jobs over the year, just one-third the rate of growth for all employers.
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:22 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's exports are booming, and companies are shipping goods at levels not reached since before the Great Recession six years ago.
In November alone, Golden State businesses shipped merchandise worth $15.2 billion, a 14% jump...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:58 AM
In the latest evidence of a rebound in manufacturing, orders for durable goods jumped 3.5% in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.
Orders for manufactured durable goods -- products that are expected to last three years or more --...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 12:30 PM
So-called "vampire" TV set-top boxes that devour more power than some refrigerators are on their way out -- at least, most of them are.
Big cable and satellite TV providers and their manufacturing partners have agreed to curtail energy-hungry boxes for...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:56 AM
The nature of furniture stores along Randall Road in Geneva is changing.
The Thomasville store at 1431 S. Randall has shut its doors for good, while Sofa Solutions, 1772 S. Randall, is having a closing sale until the inventory is gone, then will...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Â¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
The May 5th celebration of the 1862 Battle of Puebla, a key turning point in Mexico's battle for independence from France, is actually celebrated more widely in the United States than in Mexico. Nowadays, it's an opportunity for...
| Oct 11, 2013
Money, money, money.
The buying habits of the people who have it are analyzed endlessly, for obvious reasons — and few business sectors outdo the studious zeal of the real estate industry, judging from the mounds of data that regularly pile up...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
It should've been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn't hear it.
An ominous sort of history was made last week near Austin, Texas, but it seems to have largely escaped notice. There was some media coverage, yes, but less than, say,...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:20 AM
WASHINGTON -- Big gains in factory and construction jobs last month have experts optimistic that the labor market is starting to produce enough higher-paying jobs to fuel stronger economic growth.
"It's not just the quantity of the jobs but the quality,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:21 AM
Happy Freebie Black Friday!
It's the biggest shopping day of the year and I'm here to help you save more with freebies, retail coupons and dining deals good right through Cyber Monday.
If you're out and about today, on Twitter, tweet your deals, best...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it's a time when we can give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. I don't want to trump the big stuff, like health, loving spouse, wonderful family, great country, but this is a money column, so we can...