| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:55 PM
The slushies and skating carhops at Sonic Corp.'s drive-ins are a relative rarity in Los Angeles County, where 12 scattered units are overwhelmed by hundreds of McDonald's and dozens of Burger Kings.
But Sonic, based in Oklahoma City, hopes to become...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:17 AM
WASHINGTON — Americans' confidence in the economy has jumped since the end of the partial federal government shutdown in October, another positive sign for the recovery as the new year begins, according to data released Tuesday by Gallup.
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:27 AM
"In America," I once quipped, "the old are always ready to give those who are young the sad news that history, with its opportunities for fresh ideas, is over." And they often do it in the columns of Jonah Goldberg.
On Monday, The Times posted a...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Santa slacked off during the holidays, delivering a solidly so-so season for retailers.
Shoppers were less impressed and more careful during the season compared with the previous one, doing their research before picking through shelves of uninspiring...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON -- Is it a fluke or a sign that the economy isn't as good as many thought?
Analysts were shocked by Friday's Labor Department report that the economy added just 74,000 net new jobs in December, about one-third what many had forecast. The...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:52 AM
WASHINGTON -- About 17% of workers expect to be laid off in the coming year, according to results of a newly launched consumer survey from the Federal Reserve.
The figure for December was down from about 18% the previous month but up from about 15% in...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Retailers taking on an army of seasonal workers in December helped push overall holiday hiring levels to a 14-year peak this year, according to a new report.
But the better-than-expected increase of 801,100 jobs over the final three months of the year...
| 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,...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Over the last six years, roaring bears and raging bulls both have had their turns to be right about financial markets.
But investing success in the next market phase could be far more about pinpointing individual opportunities than riding a wave.
| Apr 5, 2014
| 1:05 PM
As Maryland prepares for a major overhaul of its troubled health exchange — switching out its buggy software for Connecticut's proven technology — lawmakers and information technology experts are raising new concerns about whether there is...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:12 AM
Family Dollar Stores Inc., seeking to reverse declining sales and profit, said on Thursday it is slashing prices to win shoppers, cutting jobs and shutting hundreds of stores. The retailer has more than 50 stores in Hampton Roads, according to an online...