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  • Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending

    Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending
    Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season. With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 — raising...
  • Decorate your lawn with jug-o'-lanterns

    Last week Cathy Woolley in Allentown showed us how to use tomato plant cages to make ghosts to decorate your lawn for Halloween. But what if you don't have a garden or you don't have any tomato plant cages? You're probably feeling like you've been...
  • Teen apparel retailers suffer as consumers get stingier

    Teen apparel brands have been losing their shirts, and it's not a fashion choice. Against a backdrop of prolonged consumer stinginess, reinforced Friday by reports of a scant monthly increase in August retail sales, an anemic back-to-school...
  • California adds jobs, but unemployment rate rises to 8.9%

    California's employers created 29,100 net jobs in August, but the unemployment rate edged up for the second month in a row, climbing to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. The jobless rate...
  • Don't let gift cards go unspent

    Gift cards once again were among the most popular presents for teens and other young consumers this past holiday season. And that means that once again millions of dollars' worth of gift cards will go unspent, like so many lumps of coal. According to the...
  • Back-to-school spending adds up

    Parents, watch your checkbooks. Back-to-school spending is kicking into high gear. From clothing and accessories to backpacks, computers and calculators, the average family is expected to spend about $635 in the weeks ahead, according to the National...
  • February 14 is women's Super Bowl

    Who says romance is dead? According to the National Retail Federation, American men just spent an average of $71.51 on Super Bowl stuff, including chips, beer and big-screen TVs. But for Valentine's Day, guys say they'll shell out $104.30 on their...
  • I'm seeing red over Black Thursday

    The news that Walmart, Sears, Toys R Us, Kmart and Target will launch the Black Friday sales stampede on Thanksgiving night -- and not the day after -- is the final stake through the wishbone of our national day of thanks. Old Kris Kringle got his...
  • I'll pay extra for the backpack that won't sing

    Parenting can be an assault on the senses, from the effluvia of the diaper pail to the torture of bare feet on a rug strewn with Legos. But nothing tortures a parent suffer more than the musical assault of the Childhood Industrial Complex. When I was a...
  • A vintage problem: What to get for mom?

    Mom is back! After a significant drop-off during the Great Recessepression, Mother Day's spending is set to jump by 11 percent this year, according to the latest survey by the National Retail Federation, which averages out this year's spending to $168....
  • National Retail Federation predicts modest holiday sales

    National Retail Federation predicts modest holiday sales
    The National Retail Federation released its holiday predictions Thursday morning, noting that holiday sales will be significantly impacted by the actions of the federal government in the next 45 days. “Our forecast is also somewhat hinging on...