| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During 2012, for example, we spent $11.8 billion -- yes, billion with a "b" -- on bottled water. That...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:45 PM
Can moral suasion — in the absence of tougher statutory controls — help to quell the incidents of gun violence that continue to plague this country?
That's the hope of Connecticut's congressional delegation. The lawmakers are urging...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Father's Day, the smallest of the American gift-giving holidays, is expected to bring in just $12.5 billion this year -- a "blip on the retail sales radar," the National Retail Federation said.
Mother’s Day spending, by comparison, was estimated...
| Jun 13, 2014
Organized retail crime — not just your run-of-the-mill-shoplifter — has hit almost every store in the past year, experts say.
Nearly 90 percent of retailers have been victims of organized retail crime, the National Retail Federation found in...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:05 AM
Failure to reach a new labor contract for nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports could cause far-reaching disruptions to factory jobs, import prices and even holiday gift-buying habits.
So says a new report from the National Assn. of...
| May 10, 2014
| 2:52 PM
It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while we are reminded that trying to help people save some money can have the unintended consequence of making some people really mad.
It happened when we shared banana man's tip for peeling bananas to make...
| May 7, 2014
| 9:13 PM
Mother's Day, like motherhood itself, is fraught with peril. There are so many ways to get it wrong, so many opportunities to disappoint and be disappointed.
Those who bristle at all the gaudy consumerism often invoke such platitudes as "Every day...
| May 13, 2014
| 6:29 PM
U.S. shoppers sat on their wallets in April despite the lure of warm spring weather and the late Easter holiday, leaving retail sales stagnant as other economic indicators improved.
A gauge of retail sales ticked up 0.1% last month from the month...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Dads, our numbers are in, and I have to say, they're not looking good.
For 2014, the National Retail Federation finds that the average spending on Father's Day gifts will be $113.80, a drop of more than $6 from last year. Even more disturbing is the fact...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:20 AM
Cash is crass.
Clearly, that's the perception since gift card spending for Mother's Day is up again this year.
Apparently, the I-can't-think-of-anything-to-buy-my-mom crowd, or 43 percent of those purchasing a Mother's Day gift, will fork over $2.1...
| May 9, 2014
| 6:13 AM
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, splitting with party leaders and some top business groups on what's expected to a major issue in this year's midterm elections.