| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Retail sales were mixed in June, buoyed by strong auto and furniture sales but tamped down by high unemployment and taxes, analysts said.
The overall gauge of sales rose 0.4% from May following a revised 0.5% increase the previous month, according to...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 4:58 PM
ELKHART – The start of school is just weeks away, and parents are getting an idea of just how much that will impact their finances.
According to the National Retail Federation, you will spend about $635 on shoes, clothes, supplies and...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 9:05 PM
Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too.
BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in...
| 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....
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period.
The National Retail Federation expects families with...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:19 AM
Sunday's was the last day to legally cheat the tax man during Florida’s annual sales tax holiday.
Not having to pay 6 percent tax helps, but parents will still shell out a whopping $634 on back-to-school shopping this year, says the National...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Retail sales rose a smidgen in July, growing 0.2% amid back-to-school shopping even as auto dealers and home goods merchants lagged.
The slight month-to-month uptick represents the fourth straight gain, according to the Commerce Department. Wall...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:44 PM
Retail sales rose 0.2% in July in a slow-but-steady performance that suggests Americans aren't ready to spend enough to kick the economy into a higher gear.
The month-to-month uptick represents the measure's fourth straight gain, the Commerce Department...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:23 PM
By most accounts, Maryland Tax-Free Week has been a good way for shoppers to get a limited break from Maryland's 6 percent sales tax.
Timed to coincide with back-to-school shopping in August, shoppers don't have to pay state sales tax when buying most...
| Aug 21, 2013
When you've been forced to the edge of a cliff and feared a wisp of wind would send you into the abyss, you don't forget that feeling quickly.
And that seems to be the mindset of U.S. consumers as they carry the financial and emotional scars of the...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 11:35 AM
This year's back-to-school shopping season is a good time to learn a new online shopping habit and reap free money. It's using rewards "portals."
Using such free shopping reward websites involves visiting the portal first and then clicking through to...