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  • Auto dealers drive May retail sales up past expectations

    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....
  • What fiscal cliff? Shoppers push up retail sales, prices fall

    What fiscal cliff? Shoppers push up retail sales, prices fall
    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...
  • Amazon.com to hire more than 50,000 extra workers for holidays

    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...
  • Best place to trick-or-treat? San Francisco, study says

    Best place to trick-or-treat? San Francisco, study says
    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...
  • Is another strike looming for the ports of L.A. and Long Beach?

    Is another strike looming for the ports of L.A. and Long Beach?
    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...
  • Cars, home improvement give April retail sales a boost

    Cars, home improvement give April retail sales a boost
    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...
  • Record number in U.S. will celebrate Halloween, spend $8 billion

    Record number in U.S. will celebrate Halloween, spend $8 billion
    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...
  • Gift card sales booming during the holidays

    Gift card sales booming during the holidays
    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. The...
  • BJ's Restaurants has a lot more locations in the oven

    BJ's Restaurants has a lot more locations in the oven
    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...
  • Back to school: Did you survive the shopping, the stress, the re-entry (oh, it really wasn’t that bad, was it?)

     
    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. ...
  • ‘Face the Nation’ talks to David Baldacci, Gillian Flynn, Chris Pavone

     
    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 (“...