| Oct 26, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Halloween, the holiday that starts a two-month stretch of eating and spending time with family, means big business in Central Florida.
And with Halloween landing on a prime party night this year, the costume stores have been busy.
| Oct 22, 2014
| 7:51 AM
Renee Zellweger practically stopped traffic Monday night when she arrived at Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards and reporters noticed her much-less-round, different-looking face. Much scrutiny and conjecture about medical procedures ensued (and her name...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:14 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity fraud.
The order, which Obama signed...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 8:03 PM
During a week in which its incoming chairman has been quoted asserting that retailers should pay higher wages, the National Retail Federation moved to combat "misperceptions" that retail jobs pay too little, highlighting a report that shows "stable"...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 8:28 AM
I gave up celebrating Halloween when I got to high school. Cool became more important than candy. Cool did not trick or treat, although cool did miss the candy.
Halloween has changed since baby boomers were canvassing the neighborhood in pursuit of...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 9:29 AM
Expect unprecedented peer pressure to dress up Halloween this year. Various studies report that adults will spend more than ever before to dress themselves, their children and their pets for the 2014 festivities.
Of course, adults will spend the most...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 12:23 PM
It's time to shop for skeletons, eyeballs and sparkling princess costumes.
For Halloween, of course.
The holiday reserved for playing dress-up and creeping out people is just around the corner, and so are several shops that have temporarily opened...
| Oct 10, 2014
Several hundred job seekers — most of them young people — swarmed Sawgrass Mills on Thursday for the mall's seasonal job fair.
Many had just graduated from high school and were looking for their first jobs. Others were in college and seeking...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 6:11 PM
The National Retail Federation, along with the International Council of Shopping Centers, has predicted a 4.1 percent increase in retail sales during the holiday season this year.
That is higher than 2013's actual 3.1 percent increase during the same...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 9:03 AM
As Halloween candy piles up in stores, Christmas retail sales forecasts have started coming in, and they present a mixed bag.
The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that it expects holiday sales to increase 4.1 percent, to $616.9 billion, from...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Shoppers are poised to spend more lavishly this holiday season compared to the previous two years, according to one industry group.
The National Retail Federation said Americans will boost their spending by 4.1% to $617 billion in November and December,...