| 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...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:10 AM
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales surged last month at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years as consumer spending heated up after a harsh winter.
The Commerce Department said Monday that seasonally adjusted retail sales increased 1.1% in March. Officials also...
| May 3, 2014
| 3:05 PM
We've got some bad news as your big day of the year approaches.
The typical American will spend $162.94 on mom this year for Mother's Day, down 3.6 percent from 2013, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation.
| Jan 27, 2014
| 6:35 PM
The security apparatus at a shopping center like The Mall in Columbia is designed to be as sophisticated as it is unobtrusive — off-hours training and drills to prepare employees for shootings and other calamities, surveillance cameras that can...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 AM
As his family prepared to gather at grandma's house, Cameron Ligocki arrived at a Best Buy in Downers Grove at noon on Thanksgiving Day -- six hours before it opened -- to buy a 39-inch Insignia TV for $169.
His family "got a little mad" about him...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
Under the law, employers with more than...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:58 AM
FedEx Corp. said Wednesday it expects the busiest Cyber Monday shipping week in its history this year as more consumers turn to shopping online for the holiday season.
The company said it expects to move more than 22 million shipments on Cyber Monday,...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:11 PM
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system.
The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:49 PM
It was only a matter of time before the finger-pointing started over who is to blame for data breaches like the recent high-profile ones at Target and Neiman Marcus that exposed the credit and debit card information of millions of shoppers.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Halloween is a dangerous holiday, and I don't mean dangerous in a witchy-ghosty way. Halloween equals candy and that, in turn, means grown-up temptation, the siren song of Milky Ways and Tootsie Rolls, the crunchy call of Kit Kats and Krackel candy bars....
| Dec 9, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Question: At the L.A. Times Travel show in February, I won a round-trip ticket on EVA Air for travel to Taiwan. I lost the award letter, and EVA tells me it can't be replaced. I'd like to use it. Can anyone help?