| 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...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:44 PM
Retail sales rose 0.2% in July in a slow-but-steady performance that suggests Americans aren't ready to spend enough to kick the economy into a higher gear.
The month-to-month uptick represents the measure's fourth straight gain, the Commerce Department...
| 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...