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  • Kids and Money: Gift-card swaps give value to unwanted presents

    A well-intentioned uncle sent your eight-year-old a Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. But rather than Transformers or Legos, your youngster really wants a nice leather basketball from his favorite sporting goods store. Call this an opportunity to...
  • The government shutdown's toll by the numbers

    The government shutdown's toll by the numbers
    The first government shutdown in nearly 20 years ended late Wednesday after Congress agreed on a deal to fund the government through Jan. 15. and raise the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. The 16-day ordeal took a toll on the national economy,...
  • Business groups give Obama's State of the Union speech mixed reviews

    Business groups give Obama's State of the Union speech mixed reviews
    WASHINGTON -- Business groups gave mixed reviews to President Obama's State of the Union address. They praised him for urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the corporate tax code, making it easier to strike trade deals and reforming the...
  • Severe winter weather estimated to cost U.S. economy nearly $50 billion

    Severe winter weather estimated to cost U.S. economy nearly $50 billion
    The severe weather that has hit much of the country this winter has cost the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, according to a new survey. Snow, ice and bitter cold will shave about 0.3 percentage point from economic...
  • Lobby update: What retailers say about Virginia bills

    Lobby update: What retailers say about Virginia bills
    From taxes on plastic bags to school calendars, the Virginia Retail Federation monitors state legislation for its members. In a recent edition of the groups' "Retail Angles" publication, the federation reviewed some of the bills that may have an...
  • House panel considers Internet sales tax compromise

    WASHINGTON — Seeking to end the long-running battle over the collection of sales taxes for online purchases, the House Judiciary Committee debated possible compromises that included two ideas to tax Internet sales based on the retailer's home state,...
  • Retail sales rise more than expected in February

    With the first hint of spring sunshine last month, shoppers began emerging from hibernation, fueling hopes that a particularly bitter winter was to blame for the sour economic signals of recent months. Retail sales rose 0.3% to $427.2 billion in...
  • Cyber Monday can be a steal - for con artists targeting overzealous shoppers

     
    I don't need to remind you that today is Cyber Monday, and if your email was filled with as many offers as mine was this morning, you can save some serious dough. You also can lose some cash if you......
  • A tepid Christmas? Holiday hiring slumps from record levels

    Retailers slammed with preparations for the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping bonanza last month added 471,000 workers to payrolls -- a number that fell 4.7% short of the record 494,400 seasonal employees brought on board during November 2012. Last...
  • Are J.C. Penney's turnaround moves wise or foolish?

    It's not looking pretty for J.C. Penney. The Plano, Texas, company said this week that it plans to close 33 under-performing stores around the country by early May and shave 2,000 jobs off its books. Chief Executive Myron Ullman called the move —...
  • Tablets, Facebook beat smartphones, Pinterest in online holiday sales

    Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits,...