| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Mattel Inc. dominates the market for dolls with its Barbie, Monster High and American Girl brands. But now it also wants to play with blocks.
The El Segundo giant is paying $460 million to buy Canadian construction toy company Mega Brands Inc. as it...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Oscar fashion and beauty have an immeasurable amount of influence on what people wear to high-profile events, including other red carpets and high school proms. So it comes as no surprise that retailers begin releasing knockoffs and real versions of Oscar...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 8:29 AM
Stocks surged Tuesday as traders celebrated reports of a softening of tension in Ukraine. The three major indexes were in positive territory, with the S&P 500 trading at a record high.
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 192 points, or 1.2%, to 16,...
| Mar 5, 2014
The following items were taken from police reports:
A 26-year-old Orland Park man was charged with speeding and driving with a suspended license during a Feb. 19 traffic stop on the 15300 block of LaGrange Road for driving 10 mph above the...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 7:32 AM
The winter economic blues continue.
Retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.4% in January from December, the government said Thursday. That was the biggest drop in 18 months and the latest in a series of blah reports on the economy.
Sales were “...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Burger King reported Thursday that profits soared 37% in the fourth quarter as the company reduced costs and benefited from growth overseas and the popularity of new menu items.
The fast-food giant, which operates 13,600 restaurants in more than 90...
| Feb 14, 2014
The Chicago Auto Show is winding down this weekend, but you can keep the glitzy concept cars. I'm staying home with Steve Young and Sport Murphy's delightful chronicle of the industrial musical, "Everything's Coming Up Profits." In the boom of post-...
| Feb 20, 2014
Xianni Santiago, 21 year-old resident of Hartford, was walking in the vicinity of Church and Main Streets when she passed through the CTNow radar. We caught up with her in front of Hartford Stage and asked her about her jacket. Topping a Wal-mart T-...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Once upon a time, Hollywood was the mecca of "income inequality" -- that is, before those two words became dirty. Movie stars put out press releases boasting of their multimillion dollar salaries. MGM's boss, Louis B. Mayer, was proudly the nation's...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Barnes & Noble Inc., the last-standing major chain in the national bookstore market, received a conditional proposal from a private investment management firm to take over 51% of the company for $22 a share.
The offer came through Thursday night,...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:12 AM
J.C. Penney Co., the retailer attempting a return to glory using deep discounts and Super Bowl tweets typed with mittens, said its holiday sales grew last year for the first time since 2011.
The Plano, Texas, company said sales at stores open at least a...