| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Chalk it up to Republican obstinacy, Democratic opposition, or just plain common sense, the White House has dropped the noxious chained CPI from its Social Security proposals for the upcoming federal budget.
The chained consumer price index is a new way...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Physicists may be the only people who understand that the quest for exact measurement of the real world is a wild goose chase -- the Heisenberg uncertainty principle tells them that the more precisely they measure the momentum of a particle, the less they...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 8:33 AM
With the federal government now in its second week of the shutdown and legislators at an impasse, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to set an example for Washington by offering free coffee.
Wednesday through Friday, the Seattle java chain will give customers...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 9:01 AM
Consumer optimism about the economy increased in January for the second consecutive month as Americans shook off the effects of last fall's partial federal government shutdown, the Conference Board said Tuesday.
The organization's consumer confidence...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 8:57 AM
A human rights group on Friday criticized a Dunkin' Donuts advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model whose face is painted black to sell a chocolate doughnut.
Dunkin' Donuts Thailand recently started running ads for its "Charcoal...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Retail sales during the prime back-to-school shopping month of September grew more than the prior month but were still muffled by heavy head winds.
The gauge of same-store sales, which calculates sales at stores open for more than a year, rose “...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 6:04 AM
WASHINGTON -- Higher gas costs helped push consumer prices up in last month by the largest margin in six months, but the annual inflation rate remained low, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% in December,...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 10:11 AM
At this rate, shoppers hoping to get in on "Black Friday" deals will have to eat their turkey for lunch, as both Target and Toys R Us announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening.
In its earliest opening ever, Target said it will welcome bargain hunters...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 7:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- Americans felt slightly better about the short-term economic outlook this month with consumer confidence rebounding unexpectedly after slipping in July, the Conference Board said Tuesday.
The group's index rose to 81.5 in August from 81...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 8:55 AM
The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July -- led by hiring in restaurants and retail stores.
Economists had been projecting higher growth based on encouraging economic indicators showing that housing is rebounding quickly, consumer confidence is...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 9:06 AM
Burger King has launched a low-fat, crinkle-cut French fry to appeal to health-conscious consumers, the second-largest burger chain announced Tuesday.
Dubbed "Satisfries," the new fries are taking aim at the fried spuds from rival McDonald's. Burger...