| Jan 14, 2015
| 6:58 AM
Retail sales took an unexpected dip in December, a signal that shoppers kept a tight watch on their holiday spending despite a boost from falling gas prices and a better job market.
In December, retail sales dropped 0.9% to $442.9 billion, the largest...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 7:49 AM
Retail sales for the 2014 holiday season rose 4 percent to $616.1 billion, slightly less than expected but still the strongest holiday results in three years, the National Retail Federation said today.
December sales, meanwhile, fell by 4.6 percent, the...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:31 PM
Lawrence Spaulding of New Lenox had a theory Friday morning about the slow pedestrian traffic in downtown Naperville.
“I think the big rush is over already,” said Spaulding, as he pushed his son in a stroller toward the Apple store where...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 6:31 PM
Republicans, in control of both houses of Congress for the first time since Democrats passed Obamacare, are taking a new approach against the president's signature domestic policy achievement.
After years of symbolic but unsuccessful votes to repeal the...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 3:49 PM
With the frequency of data breaches these days, it may feel as if you're gambling every time you swipe your credit card or fill out a form giving a business your personal information.
If your information does get swiped by a hacker, it's not a sure...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 7:44 PM
West Coast dockworkers and their shipping line employers have agreed to federal mediation to help resolve a contract dispute that has been partly blamed for severe congestion at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The request for federal help, from...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Tannya and Florin Nistor loaded up their 4-month-old daughter Tatiana and headed north from Glenview Friday morning, arriving at Gurnee Mills at 7 a.m.
Yes, they were focused on securing some Black Friday deals, but the early-bird shopping excursion...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 4:21 PM
A rebounding economy and big discounts encouraged Americans to spend more briskly in stores than expected during the winter holiday shopping season.
Sales at 1,000 retail chains nationwide rose 4.6% to $270.1 billion in November and December,...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:14 PM
Though retailers are still calculating their holiday performance, online shopping, and particularly mobile shopping, surged in popularity during the recent holiday period, according to a new report.
Online sales grew 13.9 percent from Nov. 1 to Dec....
| Jan 2, 2015
| 1:04 PM
In the weeks and days before Black Friday comes, there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation. Shoppers crowd the stores hoping for the year’s best deals. Retailers stock the shelves hoping for the year’s best bottom line....
| Dec 20, 2014
| 3:24 PM
The day after Thanksgiving, on the outskirts of Easton, a frenzied line of shoppers battled for deals on big-screen TVs and DVD players.
Downtown, other customers quietly wandered into the Mercantile Home on Northampton Street to browse and buy...