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Consuming Interests

Consuming Interests A blog for the smart consumer
With tax fraud on the rise, experts warn consumers to be wary

With tax season barely underway, state tax officials have already flagged several dozen Baltimore-area tax preparers for "suspicious" returns, while consumer groups are urging filers to watch out for fraud, errors and needless fees.

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Sparo online app lets shoppers 'Purchase with a Purpose'

After he lost a U.S. Senate race in Maryland as an independent in 2012, Montgomery County businessman Rob Sobhani looked outside the realm of public service for a way to bring about change.

Sparo, Sobhani's latest business venture, was born.

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Home Depot will hire 750 in Baltimore area for spring

The Home Depot has begun its spring hiring push and expects to bring on 750 workers in the Baltimore area.

The home improvement retailer is hiring more than 80,000 people nationwide at its nearly 2,000 stores, the chain said today.

Spring is the busiest season for the retailer.

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Giant Food turns 80

The Baltimore area's largest grocer is turning 80.

On Saturday, Giant Food will mark eight decades since N.H. Cohen and Sam Lehrman opened Washington's first supermarket, at Georgia Avenue and Park Road.

In honor of the milestone, the retailer is offering complimentary birthday cake to shoppers from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at all 169 Giant stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington.

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Koons, FTC settle over safety disclosures

A major car dealer in Maryland has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, over what the agency said was inadequate disclosure of safety information in used cars sales.

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Lax World acquires Denver specialty lacrosse retailer

Cockeysville-based lacrosse retailer Lax World has acquired a Denver specialty retailer, creating what the company says is one of the nation's largest chains focused on the sport.

Lax World's deal with Breakaway Sports will create a 14-store retailer with a bigger online and warehousing presence, the company said. The retailer did not disclose terms of the deal.

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