| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Retail sales rose a smidgen in July, growing 0.2% amid back-to-school shopping even as auto dealers and home goods merchants lagged.
The slight month-to-month uptick represents the fourth straight gain, according to the Commerce Department. Wall...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:21 PM
They were reminded Sunday that shopping is not one of their favorite pastimes.
Not by a longshot.
“I don’t enjoy shopping at all — I don’t want to be here,” joked 43-year-old Woody Williamson, his hands clutching...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 2:14 PM
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Premium Outlets at Hagerstown on Wednesday to provide information about the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which he views as one of the state’s most popular times to shop — second only to...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:19 AM
Sunday's was the last day to legally cheat the tax man during Florida’s annual sales tax holiday.
Not having to pay 6 percent tax helps, but parents will still shell out a whopping $634 on back-to-school shopping this year, says the National...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Maryland’s annual Tax Free Week will run from Sunday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 17.
Consumers can save money during the week by not paying Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced under $100 when shopping at local...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period.
The National Retail Federation expects families with...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 1:29 PM
A Federal Reserve cap on fees charged for processing debit-card transactions has been tossed out by a federal judge in Washington, who agreed with retailers that Fed went too easy on big banks in 2011 when it set the limit.
The ruling Wednesday is the...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 9:05 PM
Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too.
BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in...
| Jul 26, 2013
Hot items this year
• Neon: Almost any school supply comes in bright, highlighter marker-inspired colors. That includes folders, notebooks, scissors, pencil boxes and writing utensils.
• Patterns: Polka dots, leopard spots and chevrons...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:07 PM
— The Obama administration plans to postpone a key requirement of the president's health law, delaying until 2015 penalties on large employers that don't offer health coverage.
The one-year delay, announced by the Treasury Department late...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 11:47 AM
Retail imports at the nation's seaports are expected to be flat through most of the summer but will ramp up in the fall as retailers stock up for the holiday shopping season.
Import volume is expected to grow a modest 1.1% in July compared with July...