| Aug 23, 2013
Two landscape paintings hang side by side in the New Britain Museum of American Art. One is Frederic Edwin Church's "West Rock, New Haven," his peaceful, pastoral 1849 view of a famed Connecticut landmark. A few farmers are seen haying a field, and in the...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
It’s only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season.
On Wednesday, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Toys "R" Us will match prices from its online competitors, a press release announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes as a way to "(remove) any doubt before holiday shopping begins in earnest that customers are receiving the best available prices," the...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Maybe it’s a backlash to booty shorts and over-sexed advertising. Or it’s resentment over the resistance to plus-size products. Possibly it’s due to the economy, which is still squeezing teens and their parents.
Whatever the reason,...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 2:13 PM
After a summer spent looking for a new place to hang her very tiny hat, Barbie has decided not to bolt the 'bu after all.
Earlier this year, a Mattel marketing campaign sent the diminutive diva on a road trip to 13 cities across North America ostensibly...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest private employer in the country, plans to start offering health coverage next year to domestic partners of full-time employees – including those in same-sex relationships.
The extension, outlined in a postcard...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved early Thursday to stake a claim in the competitive toy market.
Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says it’s the largest toy seller in the nation, unveiled...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:59 PM
Temperatures are beachside-balmy. Most Americans haven't thought about their Halloween costumes. Parents are still in back-to-school mode.
But retailers already have visions of profit dancing in their heads.
Kmart aired its first holiday ad last week,...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The holiday hiring season is upon us even as summer barbecues continue to sizzle, kicked off by Kohl’s Department Stores’ plans to hire 53,000 workers to handle demand through the end of the year.
The retailer said it expects to bring an...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 2:10 PM
Target said Friday that it plans to hire 70,000 workers for the holiday season, 20% fewer than it did last year.
The decline from the 88,000 workers brought on board last year to handle the annual throngs of shoppers was intended to give existing...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 7:34 AM
You know what I’m talking about when I refer to “Jay face,’’ right? That pouty look that Jay Cutler flashes when things go badly? The one that every director of every televised Bears game has dedicated a camera to?