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  • US retail sales tumbled in December as consumers turned cautious, but a rebound is expected

    With the job market on a roll and gas prices falling, consumers are spending away, right? Not quite. Americans actually cut back last month after ramping up spending in November, perplexing analysts who had expected strong retail sales in December in...
  • Holiday shopping slump: U.S. retail sales fell in December

    With the job market on a roll and gas prices falling, consumers are spending away, right? Not quite. Americans actually cut back last month after ramping up spending in November, perplexing analysts who had expected strong retail sales in December in...
  • US stocks slide after jobs report shows falling wages; Energy sector pulled lower by oil

    A turbulent week of trading ended Friday with U.S. stocks finishing lower for the third time in five days. The decline followed two days of big gains and nudged major indexes lower for the year. A slide in oil prices deepened, stoking concerns about...
  • Stocks end see-saw day lower; Oil remains volatile

    Stocks swung from gains to losses and almost back again on Tuesday. The U.S. market opened the day higher, getting a boost from encouraging news on hiring and small business confidence. The market then swooned in the afternoon as oil closed lower. The...
  • Winnetka District 36 lowers tax levy

    Winnetka District 36 lowers tax levy
    After a two-year analysis of its finances, Winnetka District 36 decided it was taking in more taxes than necessary, leading to a recent decision to reduce the 2014 tax levy by about 8 percent over the previous year. The board in December approved a levy...
  • Deflation fears rock markets again but consumers see windfall -- for now

    Deflation fears rock markets again but consumers see windfall -- for now
    For the fourth time in 12 years, the world is facing a deflation scare. And as with any good horror movie, no one is sure what lurks in the shadows. Since summer, slowing growth in China and severe weakness in Europe and Japan have deepened fears that...
  • Social Security raise won't go far for recipients

    PITTSBURGH While this year's 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients is one of the smallest in history, it still beats the 1.5 percent raise last year, and is a far cry better than 2010 and 2011 when there was no increase at...
  • Mortgage rates hit 20-month low as 30-year loans fall to 3.73%

    Mortgage rates hit 20-month low as 30-year loans fall to 3.73%
    Worries about economic troubles in Europe and Asia have sent mortgage rates plunging to a 20-month low, with Freddie Mac saying the average rate for a 30-year conventional loan fell to 3.73% early this week from 3.87% a week earlier. The average rate...
  • Detroit auto show looks to dazzle with hot exhibits, exotic cars

    DETROIT These are happier days for the auto industry and that positive energy will be on display in Detroit next week at the first major international auto show of the year. "If you are not having fun in this auto industry you apparently are not...
  • Franchise group optimistic about growth in 2015

    Franchise group optimistic about growth in 2015
    Franchise businesses are optimistic about growing in 2015, but are concerned that increased federal regulations and a higher minimum wage could pressure that growth. The International Franchise Association expects the franchise industry to add 247,000...
  • Brenda Wenning: The low-inflation mirage

    Inflation is too low? Tell that to American consumers. It's widely known that the federal government puts a yellow smiley face on its unemployment figures by excluding Americans who have given up looking for work and including part-time workers as if...