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Under Armour signs Gisele Bundchen

Under Armour signs Gisele Bundchen

Under Armour, in the midst of its biggest-ever campaign targeting women, has signed supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the Baltimore-based sports brand revealed today in a 30-second teaser video on YouTube.

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Retailers face increasing threat from cybercriminals

Retailers face increasing threat from cybercriminals 

Target, eBay, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, P.F. Chang's and SuperValu — the parent of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy. It reads like a who's who of American retail and dining, but it's also a list of companies that lost customer data to...

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Chick-fil-A set to open Sept. 4 in Aberdeen

Chick-fil-A set to open Sept. 4 in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is about to get its own hub for chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

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McDonald's offers free Big Macs for Ravens sacks

McDonald's offers free Big Macs for Ravens sacks

Baltimore Ravens fans might have another reason to cheer for a sack of the opposing teams' quarterbacks this season -- free Big Macs.

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Under Armour-donated Banner Field in Locust Point is completed

Under Armour-donated Banner Field in Locust Point is completed

Work has been completed on a multipurpose synthetic turf field in Locust Point that Under Armour is donating to the city.

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September to be busiest back-to-school month, analyst predicts

September to be busiest back-to-school month, analyst predicts

Back-to-school promotions showed up in many area stores in mid-July. But now that the kids are back in classrooms -- or headed there soon -- the real shopping will begin, one analyst believes.

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Spending jumps during back-to-college season

Spending jumps during back-to-college season 

At the Target in Baltimore's Mondawmin Mall, megaphone-shaped "college" signs hang over aisles stocked with must-haves for students living on their own, such as mini-refrigerators, desk lamps and six-packs of ramen noodles.

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Eggspectation will open at Metro Centre at Owings Mills next year

Eggspectation will open at Metro Centre at Owings Mills next year

Restaurant chain Eggspectation plans to open early next year at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, the transit-oriented project at the Owings Mills Metro Station.

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Shoppers Food reports possible data breach at Baltimore-area stores

Shoppers Food reports possible data breach at Baltimore-area stores 

Consumers who shopped this summer at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, which has 20 Baltimore-area stores, could have been victims of credit card data theft, owner Supervalu Inc. said.

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Nouveau furniture store to move back to Mount Vernon

Nouveau furniture store to move back to Mount Vernon

Nouveau Contemporary Goods is leaving Belvedere Square to return to Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.

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Taco Bell launches dollar menu

Taco Bell has launched its version of a dollar menu.

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McCormick recalls ground oregano due to salmonella concern

McCormick recalls ground oregano due to salmonella concern

McCormick & Co. Inc. has recalled its ground oregano spice because of possible salmonella contamination.

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Maryland ranks third in U.S. in credit card complaints

Maryland ranks third in U.S. in credit card complaints

If you had a complaint about your credit card last year, about billing or fraud, for instance, you were more likely to live in Maryland than North Dakota.

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Big Lots expands food selection

Big Lots expands food selection

Big Lots has revamped its food department, adding name brand products and expanding the international assortment, the retailer said.

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Walmart launches price comparison mobile app

Walmart launches price comparison mobile app

Walmart now has an app that says its prices really are the lowest.

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Back-to-school shopping heats up

Back-to-school shopping heats up 

As music videos played on flat screen TVs overhead, Brendon Lee, 7, sank into a brown cushioned stool at Shoe City on Monday while his great-aunt poked the toe of the white Converse sneaker on his left foot. It was the right shoe but the wrong size.

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How much we spend on back-to-school shopping [Pictures]

How much we spend on back-to-school shopping [Pictures]

Back-to-school spending is on the rise, according to new data from the National Retail Federation. See how spending behaviors break down for K-12 and college students in a variety of categories.

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Tax-free shopping starts Sunday

Tax-free shopping starts Sunday

Maryland stands to lose about $5 million in tax revenue next week.

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Aldi will reopen Aug. 28 on Washington Boulevard

Aldi will reopen Aug. 28 on Washington Boulevard

Discount grocer Aldi is remodeling its Washington Boulevard store and will reopen Aug. 28, the supermarket chain said today.

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Amazon expands same day delivery in Baltimore

Amazon expands same day delivery in Baltimore

Amazon is expanding same-day delivery service in the Baltimore area and five other metropolitan areas, the online retailer said Wednesday.

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Columbia mall announces two new shops in expansion wing

Columbia mall announces two new shops in expansion wing

The Columbia mall announced Tuesday that two new shops will be added to its open-air expansion wing located on the mall's west side.

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Comcast broadens eligibility for $10-a-month Internet access

Comcast broadens eligibility for $10-a-month Internet access

Comcast is making more poor families eligible for a program offering $10-a-month broadband Internet access, and it's offering them a period of free service as part of a back-to-school promotion.

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Inner Harbor P.F. Chang's had credit and debit card security breach

Inner Harbor P.F. Chang's had credit and debit card security breach

Customers who dined at P.F. Chang's China Bistro at the Inner Harbor during two months this spring may be victims of debit and credit card data theft, the Scottsdale-based chain warned Monday in an announcement of a widespread security breach at 33 U.S. locations.

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Family Dollar to anchor Cold Spring Shopping Center

Family Dollar to anchor Cold Spring Shopping Center

A Family Dollar store is slated to open this fall as an anchor tenant in Cold Spring Shopping Center in Baltimore, the chain announced.

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Some worry smart meters could be used to collect information on residents

Some worry smart meters could be used to collect information on residents 

Big Brother is watching you — through your smart meter?

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Under Armour among the fastest growing retailers

Under Armour among the fastest growing retailers

A hodge podge of companies --  grocery chain Albertsons, home furnishings e-tailer Wayfair, sportswear brand Under Armour and discount store Five Below -- made the top 10 list of fastest growing retailers, according to an annual report from Stores, a magazine of the National Retail Federation.

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Maryland tax-free shopping week planned

Maryland tax-free shopping week planned

Consumers will be spared Maryland's 6 percent sales tax on some apparel and footwear during the state's annual tax-free week starting Aug. 10.

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Under Armour launches biggest ever women's ad campaign

Under Armour launches biggest ever women's ad campaign

In Under Armour's new 60-second TV spot, ballerina Misty Copeland stands in the practice studio, slowly rising onto her toes as music plays and, in a voice over, a young girl reads a rejection letter explaining why the ballet academy candidate was turned down.

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Agencies report top 10 consumer complaints in U.S.

Agencies report top 10 consumer complaints in U.S.

Do-not-call violations and telemarketing abuses ranked as the fastest-growing consumer complaints last year, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Md. Lottery creates Ravens-themed ticket

Md. Lottery creates Ravens-themed ticket

Even if you don't win, you might win.

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Dollar Tree/Family Dollar merger could create Wal-Mart rival but hurt consumers

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar merger could create Wal-Mart rival but hurt consumers 

An $8.5 billion merger creating North America's biggest dollar store chain could mean increased competition for mass discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. but less choice for shoppers.

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Charlotte Russe, other new stores, coming to White Marsh Mall

Charlotte Russe, other new stores, coming to White Marsh Mall

White Marsh Mall will be getting a Charlotte Russe, Shoe Dept. Encore and Villa Pizza, mall officials said Monday.

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Lumber Liquidators opens in Timonium

Lumber Liquidators opens in Timonium

Lumber Liquidators, a hardwood flooring specialty retailer, has opened a store in Timonium, the third in the Baltimore area.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Lorraine Mirabella has been writing for The Sun since 1986 and counts retail among her favorite beats. She's become accustomed to hanging out at stores and approaching strangers to get a peek at their purchases. Now, she writes about the workplace as well as consumer affairs.

Tim Swift has been an editor with The Sun for more than 10 years, covering local news, arts and entertainment and now business. He also has an extreme weakness for gadgets and all things tech.

Michelle Deal-Zimmerman came to Baltimore 10 years ago after working as a reporter and editor in Florida. A native of South Florida, Michelle has traveled a lot farther north than she ever expected. Still, she visits The Sunshine State so frequently it feels like she never left.

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