| Oct 16, 2012
| 10:49 AM
Amazon.com, the online retailer that has many brick-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season.
That’s more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When the tires on their Dodge Caravan had worn so thin that the steel belts were showing through, Don and Florence Cherry couldn't afford to buy a new set.
So they decided to rent instead.
The Rich Square, N.C., couple last September agreed to pay...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 5:59 PM
As the nation's independent bookstores fight for their lives in the bare-knuckle scrum that is modern publishing commerce, all eyes are on Winnetka.
"Oh yes," said Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Bookseller's Association. "I am very, very aware of the...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 10:48 AM
For the average American, $770 is no small sum. But that’s how much they’ll each shell out on average for Christmas gifts this year.
That’s roughly the equivalent of three iPhone 5 smartphones, with tax.
Consumers have boosted...
| May 22, 2013
| 1:52 PM
More people are ditching their home phones and relying on their cell phones only.
So, how do you know what kind of phone and plan you need?
One of the best ways to get acquainted with the wide variety of phones is to go to the websites of phone plan...
| May 6, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Say there’s a concert scheduled at a major Los Angeles venue, but that managers smell gas in the air before the show goes on.
Chances are that they will cancel the event and take a loss out of an abundance of caution, said Dov Charney, chief...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Twinkies are slimming down, just in time for their close-up.
As Twinkies show up on store shelves nationwide again, consumers may notice something different -- and not just the packaging touting the "sweetest comeback." The new line of Twinkies will...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Twinkies, reintroduced with a longer shelf life, are hitting Walmart's shelves ahead of schedule. The Hostess snack cakes, which will be available widely Monday, were spotted at stores in Florida and elsewhere as early as today.
Calls to Southern...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Paula Deen may be in crisis mode, but who better to call a supporter than fellow Food Network alum and domestic comeback queen Martha Stewart? On Wednesday night's episode of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," Stewart expressed sympathy for Deen's current...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line.
Blackheart sued Hot Topic...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Kmart’s woes — sliding sales, worried investors — would make any retailer want to curse. But as it turns out, the discounter’s dirty mouth may prove to be a saving grace.
The chain, which has a bit of a fuddy-duddy reputation,...