| Jun 13, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Retail sales improved in May as thawing temperatures and more cheerful shoppers caused a boost at car dealerships and home improvement stores, according to government figures.
Last month, the gauge rose 0.6% from April to $421.1 billion in sales -- a 4....
| Jan 15, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Economic prognosticators spent the end of 2012 fretting about looming spending cuts and toxic tax increases. Consumers, however, spent it shopping.
Retail sales across the nation rose 0.5% to $415.7 billion in December as Americans put fiscal cliff...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 10:49 AM
Amazon.com, the online retailer that has many brick-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season.
That’s more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:31 AM
Trick-or-treating connoisseurs should head to San Francisco come Halloween for a ghoulish jaunt that involves the least walking, the most candy and the safest streets for kids, according to a new report.
Despite its hilly geography, San Francisco tops...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 9:39 AM
Bargaining units for a clerical workers' union rejected a tentative labor agreement this week that that ended an eight-day strike that shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach late last year.
The tentative contract, announced Dec. 4, intially...
| May 13, 2013
| 7:57 AM
Spring’s arrival late in April gave retail sales a light boost as Americans emerged from hibernation to spend on cars, gardening goods and building supplies.
From March to April, sales rose a slight 0.1% after declining a revised 0.5% from...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 12:19 PM
More people than ever before will get their spooky on for Halloween this year, even though most said they’ll be watching what they spend on decorations, costumes and candy.
Some 170 million Americans will celebrate the creepy holiday, according...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 3:24 PM
Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts.
| 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...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 4:41 PM
A few days before school started, I pulled out my son's backpack to assess whether it was in good shape for another school year. It was empty — but for a wrinkled, almost- crunchy-with-dried-sweat P.E. t-shirt I found in the bottom of one pocket. ...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 4:47 PM
On the Sunday morning circuit this weekend, “Face the Nation” will be doing something different. The CBS program offers its annual authors program. One panel features writers David Baldacci (“The Forgotten”), Gillian Flynn (“...