| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Teen apparel brands have been losing their shirts, and it's not a fashion choice.
Against a backdrop of prolonged consumer stinginess, reinforced Friday by reports of a scant monthly increase in August retail sales, an anemic back-to-school...
| Sep 7, 2013
Retailers spend a lot of time, money and effort to entice you to buy merchandise in their stores. And salespeople are skilled at persuading undecided shoppers to open their wallets, even when they hadn't intended to.
That's part of a capitalist system...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has appointed a former Bon-Ton Stores executive to its board of directors, the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain said Wednesday.
Byron "Bud" Bergren's appointment takes effect immediately, the company said.
| Jul 26, 2013
| 1:05 AM
The neon folders, binders and notebooks are all stacked in neat rows alongside the markers, pens and other school supplies.
It's back-to-school season, but the stacks at Kmart and Wal-Mart lay mostly undisturbed. Peak school supply shopping season comes...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:11 PM
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK — In the aftermath of the recession, hundreds of workers in low-wage industries have tried to call attention to how difficult it is to survive on the minimum wage.
Thursday might have been their biggest effort yet.
| Sep 1, 2013
| 6:27 PM
An immigrant Ivory Coast worker told a West Baltimore church congregation Sunday what it's like to make $11.50 an hour washing dishes at a food concession at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport — and struggle to make ends...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Dozens of fast-food workers and supporters marched outside a South Los Angeles Burger King at 6 a.m., Thursday chanting their demand for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Holding signs with slogans such as “Burgers and Lies,” “Yo Quiero $15,...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 11:35 AM
This year's back-to-school shopping season is a good time to learn a new online shopping habit and reap free money. It's using rewards "portals."
Using such free shopping reward websites involves visiting the portal first and then clicking through to...
| Aug 21, 2013
When you've been forced to the edge of a cliff and feared a wisp of wind would send you into the abyss, you don't forget that feeling quickly.
And that seems to be the mindset of U.S. consumers as they carry the financial and emotional scars of the...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:07 PM
The Federal Reserve is hoping an appeals court will overturn a judge’s ruling that the Fed went too easy on big banks in 2011 when it limited the fees that merchants pay to have debit-card transactions processed.
The Fed announced the appeal in...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:23 PM
By most accounts, Maryland Tax-Free Week has been a good way for shoppers to get a limited break from Maryland's 6 percent sales tax.
Timed to coincide with back-to-school shopping in August, shoppers don't have to pay state sales tax when buying most...